Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer after lung cancer, and the most common female cancer. Screening, along with early detection and treatment, is crucial to defending yourself against this insidious killer. Physical examination, mammography and at-home breast self examination are the keys to early detection.
How might breast implants interfere with cancer screening? In 2007, 399,440 breast implants surgeries were performed, according to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Studies show that breast implants do not interfere with treatment for breast cancer.
Today’s advanced cosmetic surgeons use the latest saline and silicone gel breast implants, prompting the creation of customized X-ray techniques like the Eklund view to ensure breast implants do not interfere with mammography readings. However, this specialized testing may still provide false negative results.
Between the ages of 20 and 40, a mammography is suggested every three years. After 40, a mammography should be performed every year. Mammography is a special X-ray of the breast from a variety of angles. Public education on the importance of mammography has decreased the incidence of deaths from breast cancer by 25%.
Monthly breast self examination is also invaluable, helping to detect lumps in breast tissue and alerting women to the need for consulting with their physician immediately.