Breast Cancer Screening

Bayard Street Obstetrics & Gynecology -  - OB/GYN

Bayard Street Obstetrics & Gynecology

OB/GYNs located in Lower Manhattan & Brooklyn, New York, NY & Flushing, NY

It’s estimated that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. At the same time, 98% will survive if their cancer is detected early with breast cancer screening. The team at Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology work with each woman, assessing her risk, and determining how frequently she should receive a mammogram to screen for breast cancer. To schedule a consultation, call one of the offices in Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Flushing, New York, or use the online booking feature.

Breast Cancer Screening Q & A

What Increases My Risk for Breast Cancer?

Most cases of breast cancer develop after the age of 55, which means your chances increase as you get older. Other factors that raise your risk include:

  • Overweight and obesity
  • Family history of breast cancer
  • Benign breast disease
  • Early menstruation or late menopause
  • First pregnancy after age 30
  • Radiation exposure for cancer treatment

Your risk also significantly increases if you have specific genetic mutations.

What Should I Know About Genetics and Breast Cancer?

If you have a mutation in the BRCA1 or the BRCA2 gene, your risk of breast cancer is five to six times higher than women who don’t carry the genetic mutation.

Your doctor at Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology can talk with you about your family history, your potential risk of inheriting the genes, and whether you should consider genetic testing.

What Symptoms Develop Because of Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is often detected when women or their gynecologist feel a lump. However, that isn’t the only sign. You may experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Lump or thickening in your breast
  • Change in the size, shape, or appearance of your breast
  • Changes in the appearance of the skin over your breast
  • Peeling, scaling, or crusting in the skin around your nipple (areola)
  • Discharge from the nipple
  • Newly inverted nipple

Some types of breast cancer may cause breast itchiness, redness, or slight swelling.

When Should I Have Breast Cancer Screening?

Breast cancer screening can detect cancer while the tumor is small and hasn’t spread beyond the breast tissue. Screening is important not only because finding cancer at an earlier stage makes it easier to treat, but it’s also a vital tool because it can find cancerous changes before you develop symptoms.

The American Cancer Society recommends that women at an average risk for breast cancer should be screened following this schedule:

  • Women aged 40-44: Option to start screening with a yearly mammogram
  • Women aged 45-54: Should get yearly mammograms
  • Women aged 55 and over: Can have mammograms every year or every other year as long as they’re in good health

Your risk is average if you do not have a personal or family history of breast cancer and you do not have the BRCA mutation.

Women who are at a high risk should get an MRI and a mammogram every year starting around the age of 30. Your doctor at Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology will help determine your risk by evaluating your family and medical history.

To learn more about breast cancer screening, call Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology, or book an appointment online.