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Breast Cancer Signs and Symptoms

At St. Claire HealthCare Breast Cancer Awareness is About More Than Just A Month. It’s about early detection and increased survival rates all year long.

Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. “St. Claire follows the CDC and United States Preventive Services Task Force’s recommendation for screening mammograms,” says Lesley Jackson, MD, SCH Family Medicine physician. “If you are 50 to 74 years old, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. If you are 40 to 49 years old, talk to your health care provider about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram.”

What are the signs and symptoms?

Women should know that there are different symptoms of breast cancer, and some people have no symptoms at all. “If you have any signs that worry you, see your health care provider right away,” says Dr. Jackson.

Symptoms can include—

  • Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
  • Pain in any area of the breast.
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk (including blood).
  • A new lump in the breast or underarm.

St. Claire Women’s Imaging & Aesthetics offers some of the the latest in digital mammogram technologies. St. Claire uses a computer-aided detection (CAD) system to improve the accuracy of mammogram readings. The CAD system performs over one billion calculations on every image which greatly reduces the number of false-negative readings.

“Many women don’t get mammograms due to fear of discomfort and pain, “ says Louise Lamb, St. Claire HealthCare Women’s Imaging Manager. “We use biolucent mammopads to make sure our patients are as comfortable as possible. The biolucent mammopads creates a warmer, softer surface against the mammography machine so there is little to no discomfort. Plus, due to our advanced digital mammogram technology the patient is out of the exam quickly. “ For more information or to schedule a mammogram call 606.783.7676 or toll-free 877.515.7676.


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