Dr. Barbara Huggins

MRI & Breast Cancer

October 18, 2007

MRI & Breast Cancer -  October 18, 2007October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. While it's well-known that early detection can be the difference between life and death, finding cancer early can be difficult. UT Health Center's, Dr. Barbara Huggins, explores the technology that may help.

Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women in the United States. It is also the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women in the U.S. The National Cancer Institute estimates that 178,480 new cases of breast cancer in women, and 2,030 new cases of breast cancer in men will be diagnosed in 2007.

Common Symptoms of Breast Cancer:
Keep in mind that everyone is different and you may have none of these signs and symptoms.

Early Detection Tools

Every woman should perform monthly breast self-exams. All women should receive a yearly breast exam by a health care provider. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society recommends that women aged 40 and over have a mammogram every year. The American Cancer Society recommends adding a MRI to mammography for women who are at high risk for breast cancer, those who already have cancer in one breast, or have a family history of breast cancer.

Thanks to better and earlier detection and improved treatment, death rates from breast cancer are actually decreasing. Breast cancer is a disease that can be treated and cured. Early detection is the key!

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