The best way to diagnose breast cancer is to be proactive through the following 3 things:
1. Monthly self exam. If you ever feel an abnormality or have any questions or concerns contact your physician.
2. Annual physicals with your physician.
3. If you are over the age of 40, routine mammography should be performed. If you have a family history of breast cancer routine mammogram screens should be initiated earlier.
The earlier breast cancer is found and diagnosed, the better your chances of beating it.
When dealing with breast issues there are imaging tests that are performed.
The following are some of the most commonly performed:
- Screening mammogram (given routinely to people who appear to be healthy and are not suspected of having breast cancer).
- Diagnostic mammogram (given to people who are suspected of having breast cancer, either because of symptoms they may be experiencing or a screening test result).
- Needle guided biopsy