Breast Cancer Screening

Protect your health: Visit a South Austin Obgyn for a breast cancer screening

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 230,000 new cases of breast cancer will occur in US women this year. At our South Austin Obgyn practice, we offer breast cancer screenings, including mammograms and BRCA testing, when indicated. We encourage our patients to take an active role in their health by following breast cancer screening guidelines.

Recommendations from our South Austin Obgyn office about breast cancer screenings

One of the keys to successful treatment of breast cancer is early detection. Screening mammograms and routine clinical exams have helped improve survival rates and decrease the number of deaths related to breast cancer. Our South Austin Obgyn team advises that patients 50 to 74 should have a screening mammogram every two years. Women between the ages of 40 to 49 should talk with their physicians to determine the best time to start screening mammograms. If you have a family history of breast cancer, your doctor may recommend earlier and more frequent appointments.

Understanding breast cancer screening options

In most cases, clinical breast exams and screening mammograms are the best methods for detecting breast cancer. Essentially, a mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. Typically, the mammographer will take two images of each breast. These X-rays often detect tumors that you cannot feel. After the mammogram, the results are sent to your South Austin Obgyn. If the screening mammogram shows any irregularities, your physician may order a diagnostic mammogram to provide a more in-depth analysis.

Although not routine, patients with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer may benefit from the BRCA genetic test. This blood test uses DNA to identify harmful mutations in either one of the two breast cancer susceptibility genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2. Only about five percent of breast cancers occur from BRCA gene mutations.

Leading a healthy lifestyle includes scheduling regular breast cancer screenings as recommended by your South Austin Obgyn. If you notice any unusual symptoms, follow up with your physician right away. For more information, contact our office to speak with one of our team members.

American Cancer Society
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Mayo Clinic