Better late than never is not just an adage. It’s a wakeup call for self-assessment and early supervision of a confused circumstance that could translate into a positive one.
So is the case with early detection of breast cancer. Because when detected early, it can lead to the best chances of effective treatment associated with an increased number of available medical options, higher survival rates and improved quality of life.
Did you know that breast cancers found during screening exams are more likely to be smaller and still confined to the breasts in comparison to those detected at later stages?
Early screening is important because abnormal breast tissues or cancer may be easier to treat. On the contrary, when one waits for the symptoms to appear, the cancerous cells may have begun to spread and would get harder to treat.
According to the American Cancer Society, when breast cancer is detected early in the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 99%. Early detection includes monthly breast self-exams, regular clinical breast exams and last but certainly not the least, mammograms.
The earlier you get accustomed with the size, shape and orientation of your breasts, the sooner you can detect lumps and abnormalities in the appearance of your breasts and the faster you can alert your healthcare expert – who may notice a suspicious place that fails to register as a warning in your mind.
Mammograms are miraculous in that they can show a breast lump even before you would have felt it. That’s why it is advisable to walk in for a Mammogram and regularly schedule them (annually) to help detect potential breast cancer at the earliest possible time, even though you haven’t had any symptoms.
At Trivitron Healthcare, we constantly advocate the need for early diagnosis of breast cancer and offer the latest in Breast Imaging for the best positive outcomes.
Let’s pledge to fight Breast Cancer through early detection.