Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. "We want to do everything we can to make it easier for our patients".
"Annual mammograms can be eliminated for those at high risk", says Olopade, who says that the best way to detect breast cancer in this group is an MRI every six months. Some warning signs of breast cancer include a lump in the breast or armpit, nipple discharge, any change in the size or shape of the breast or pain in the breast. The NHS has estimated that breast cancer screening saves 1,300 lives a year in the UK.
"Breast self-examination is not just for women, we are encouraging the men to get their breasts examined because men do get breast cancer", Tench-Norbal said.
Despite growing incidence of breast cancer, over 86 per cent of women now survive their breast cancer diagnosis for five years.
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Some women believe having dense breasts alone should qualify them for MRI screening. Elizabeth Harris with the American Cancer Society said wearing pink can help those people and the three million breast cancer survivors know they are not alone. Additionally, it is important that patients discuss with their physician the need to retest their tumor as the status of the tumor can change over time.
These recommendations are for women of average risk.
The idea is to determine your lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. Those are the women who need to talk with their doctors to see if they would benefit from breast MRI in addition to screening mammography.