Breast care is one of the most important factors of women’s health care overall. Women over the age of 40 should have a mammogram done regularly, once every 1-2 years. Women of any age should also be performing self-exams every month.
Breast Care Self Examinations
Self examinations help women detect changes in their breast tissue before potential problems arise. While everyone should be doing them, self exams are increasingly more important for women who:
- Are currently pregnant
- Were pregnant & are now breastfeeding
- After menopause
- Have breast implants
Common Signs of Problems
During a self examination, it is important to look for any of the following signs that could potentially indicate a future problem. Some things to look out for and take notice of are:
- Skin irritation
- Unusual swelling
- Retraction of the nipples
- Pain and discomfort
It is important to speak to one of our doctors right away if you find that any of these signs are present during a self examination.
Mammograms For Breast Care
A mammogram is an x-ray of the breasts performed to detect early signs of breast cancer. It is recommended that women over the age of 40 should schedule a mammogram every one to two years. This should be done in addition to monthly self examinations.
Contact Raleigh Gynecology For More Information On Breast Care
Self examinations and mammograms are important for early detection of breast cancer and should be a priority for women of all ages. If you have any questions regarding self examination methods, mammograms or just want to schedule a checkup, please give Raleigh Gynecology & Wellness a call at 919.636.6670 or schedule an appointment online. Breast care is very important for all women and here at Raleigh Gynecology & Wellness we put it at the top of our priority and our patients should too.