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Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast cancer is a serious condition. Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. And early detection is the key to successfully treatment and survival.

What is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer in women and the second most common cause of cancer death in women in the U.S. While the majority of new breast cancers are diagnosed as a result of an abnormality seen on a mammogram, a lump or change in consistency of the breast tissue can also be a warning sign of the disease.

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Prevention and Detection

Every woman should know about prevention and early detection of breast cancer. Here are some of the basic guidelines.

  • Yearly mammograms starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.
  • Clinical breast exams (CBE) every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over.
  • Women should report any breast change promptly to their health care providers.
  • Breast self exam is an option for women starting in their 20s.
  • Women at increased risk (e.g., family history, genetic tendency, past breast cancer) should talk with their doctors about the benefits and limitations of starting mammography screening earlier, having additional tests (breast ultrasound or MRI), or having more frequent exams.

At Southern Regional Medical Center, we have a team of expert physicians, oncologists, surgical oncologists, and radiologists who specialize in the detection and treatment of this condition. Our state-of-the-art equipment at both our Medical Center and Spivey Station locations offer a warm and inviting, yet technologically superior environment to diagnose and treat breast cancer. We feature some of the region's leading physicians, some of whom will be featured in a local TV campaign throughout the month of October. We also continue to provide support for breast cancer survivors and their families.