Going for a breast cancer screening even without feeling any symptoms is the best way to treat cancer at a very early stage in case one is discovered.
Clinical Breast Examination (CBE)
This test is done by a doctor by carefully observing and feeling a woman’s breast to check for lumps or masses, swollen lymph glands, or nipple discharges.
All lumps or masses cannot be considered cancerous. Unless these lumps grow bigger, it is difficult to identify the ones that are cancerous if the test used is a simple clinical breast examination (CBE). This might forfeit the main objective of finding the cancer at its early stage.
Therefore, it is highly recommended that you do a self-check every month. We will teach you the proper way to do that on your clinical breast examination day. If you feel and see some signs during your self-check, you should seek professional help and advice.
A mammogram exam enables doctors to find tumors and lumps that are too small to be noticed in the clinical breast exam. It is reliable in finding breast cancer at its early stage.
In performing mammography, the breast is pressed between two plastic plates. An x-ray is used in taking pictures of breast tissues. The pictures are usually taken in one or two different directions. Mammogram is able to detect calcification breast cancer or lumps that are difficult to detect in clinical breast cancer exam.
It is reported that women who have undergone a mammogram test have lower risk of dying from breast cancer.
Studies show that women at the age of 50 and above have a lower tendency of having breast cancer if both clinical breast exam and mammogram test are performed to them. Moreover, there are considerable proofs showing that women in their 40’s have lower tendency of dying from breast cancer.
Mammography can be considered a very reliable kind of examination; however, it is less likely to find tumors among younger women because their mammary glands are still young and developing. It may be difficult to come up with an accurate decision.
Therefore, it is highly recommended that women over the age of 50 should undergo a mammogram examination. If women were in their early 40’s, there might be possibilities that cancer masses will not be detected.
*Please bring your medical examination postcard from your city office.
This exam is to test the lesions of breast using ultrasound imaging. Ultrasound is also useful in finding very small lesions that are too small to be felt in clinical exam. It is also able to determine whether the lumps are benign or malignant.
Woman with high breast density are often screened with ultrasound because mammograms of women with dense breast tissue tend to be harder to interpret. For this reason, ultrasound is suitable for those women under 40 years old. It is possible that ultrasound may not provide accurate results if you are breast feeding, but we cannot generalize that the results are completely wrong.
If you feel a lump around your breast, be more cautious. You are advised to make an appointment with a doctor for a check-up.
Our clinic offers the following services:
- Clinical Breast Exam
- Clinical Breast Exam + Mammograms
- Mammary Gland Echo
Please refer to the price list.