Early Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

Service description

Breast cancer is the most frequent cancer in women in our field. One out of every 8 women will suffer from breast cancer during her lifetime.

This disease in the last 20 years has reached survival rates close to 90% thanks to widespread early detection programs and improvements in treatments, which are becoming more personalized and less aggressive.

It is important to perform the preventive controls within our reach, which are:

  • Annual mammography from the age of 40 onwards.

  • Ultrasound whenever there is an alteration in palpation (palpable lump).

  • In women with a proven high risk, in addition to mammography, annual MRI.

Breast self-examination is important and if any of these signs are detected go to the gynecologist:

  • Change in color and texture of the skin

  • Lumps (nodules)

  • Hardening, sagging of the nipple or skin.

  • Wrinkling or reddening of the skin

  • Redness or roughness of the nipple

  • Dark or bloody discharge from the nipple

  • Enlarged lymph nodes in the armpits

If there is a history of breast cancer in the family, it is important to let your doctor know so that he or she can identify families at risk, which implies more severe controls. Exceptionally, breast cancer can affect men and may indicate a risk factor in the family.

Prevention, healthy and balanced lifestyle

A healthy lifestyle can help prevent breast cancer

A 2009 study conducted in the United States found that breast cancer is closely related to the lifestyle people lead.

They reported that 40 percent of cases could have been prevented by living a healthier lifestyle.

This report, conducted by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)/World Cancer Research Fund, reviewed 81 recent studies on people's behaviors and lifestyles and breast cancer. The report showed that, in the United States alone, 70,000 cases of breast cancer a year could be prevented if habits were healthier.

The protective factors are:

  • Diets low in animal fats

  • Maintaining a healthy weight

  • Regular physical exercise

  • Not smoking

  • Moderate drinking

The human side of the diagnosis

It is very important for us to stand out not only for our diagnostic reliability but also for our great empathy with our patients so that they feel supported by our team in those moments of anguish that may arise during the diagnostic process. That is why we have a specialized team to provide this personalized support by coordinating the cases of the breast unit.

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