5 Screening Tools for Early Breast Cancer Detection
Increase Your Rate of Survival with These Tests!
Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of mortality in women in the United States. A woman has a 1 in 8 chance of developing the disease. The good news is that a patient with breast cancer has a high chance of survival when the disease is diagnosed early.
Ways to Detect Breast Cancer Before Its Symptoms Show Up
Breast cancer screening means looking for signs of the disease developing in the breasts before signs or symptoms manifest. People with risk factors may be advised to undergo screening to monitor whether or not they’re developing the disease. Although individuals with a higher risk of getting breast cancer won’t necessarily receive a breast cancer diagnosis, the information from the screening will help doctors determine a plan of action in case the test results indicate certain abnormalities.
Whether you have a risk factor for breast cancer or just want to know about breast cancer screening and early detection, Breast Cancer Car Donations has the information you need to help you start taking charge of your health. Here are the recommended screening tools for detecting breast cancer:
1. Breast Self-Examination
Breast self-examination is one of the most common and easiest early cancer detection screening methods. This requires you to feel and inspect your breast for lumps or unusual changes in your breast size.
To perform a breast self-examination, start by inspecting the appearance of your breast in front of a mirror. Next, use your index and middle finger and lightly press the tissues around your armpit. As you move toward your breast, increase the pressure to feel the deeper part and take note of any hard areas or lumps.
2. Clinical Breast Exam
A clinical breast exam is similar to a breast self-examination. During the process, a trained medical professional checks for abnormalities through visual inspection and palpation. This allows trained professionals to detect abnormalities you might not catch when performing a breast self-exam.
A mammogram is a breast cancer screening tool that produces an image of your breast. It uses low-dose x-rays to detect cancer nodules that are too small to feel during a breast self-exam. Mammograms can catch developing lumps or nodules as early as 3 years before they’re large enough for you to feel them.
Women who are over 40 years old should get mammograms regularly. Those over 50 to 65 years old are considered to have an average risk of developing breast cancer and are recommended to have mammograms once every 2 years.
4. Breast Ultrasound
A breast ultrasound is usually recommended when doctors detect an abnormality in the breast during a mammogram. This tool involves a painless procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to view breast tissue. The ultrasound technologist will glide the probe into your breast tissue, and sound waves will bounce off to reveal any irregularities if there are any.
5. Breast MRI
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast is a screening tool that uses radio waves to capture images. A contrast dye is injected into the vein to create a more detailed image that doctors can view to detect any abnormality. It’s typically used in conjunction with other imaging tools to screen breast cancer in those with a high chance of developing one.
Join the Fight Against Breast Cancer in Your Community!
If you have a car that you no longer use, you can transform it into a medium for helping needy breast cancer patients in your community. All you have to do is donate that vehicle to us at Breast Cancer Car Donations.
We will put it up for auction, with the proceeds going straight to leading breast cancer nonprofit organizations that are in partnership with us. Like us, these IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofits work tirelessly to support women across the country who are suffering from breast cancer and who lack the means to get proper medical care.
Our charity partners use the funding they get from us to provide uninsured and indigent breast cancer patients with easy access to top cancer centers in the country as well as financial assistance to cover the costs of their treatments, doctor appointments, medications, and other essential health care services. Other beneficiaries get to receive free breast cancer screening and diagnosis, as well as prevention and education services.
You will also benefit immensely from your charitable contribution. It will entitle you to claim the maximum tax deduction in the next tax season. Moreover, we’ll provide you with our free pickup and towing service anywhere in the United States.
Best of all, you’ll get to experience the priceless satisfaction of doing a life-saving charitable act.
You can donate not just a car but just about any other type of vehicle regardless of its age or condition.
For information on our quick and convenient donation process and other details about our vehicle donation program, feel free to check out our FAQs page. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to call us at 866-540-5069 or message us here.
Let Your Old Car Serve a Greater Purpose!
Your vehicle has served you well. Now, it’s time for it to serve a greater purpose by letting us use it to help save the lives of breast cancer sufferers. Call Breast Cancer Car Donations at 866-540-5069 or fill out our secure online donation form now!