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10 Tips for Breast Cancer Screening and Early Detection
Date:10/8/2010

SEATTLE, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Throughout October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, experts from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and its clinical care partner, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, are offering a series of weekly research-based tip sheets regarding a variety of topics related to breast cancer, including breast cancer prevention, screening and early detection, treatment, and survivorship. The series will conclude Friday, Oct. 22.

Today's tip sheet, the second of four in the series, is "10 Tips for Breast Cancer Screening and Early Detection" provided by Constance Lehman, M.D., Ph.D., director of Breast Imaging and medical director of Radiology at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

10 TIPS FOR BREAST CANCER SCREENING AND EARLY DETECTION

1. If you are over 40, get a mammogram. Early detection of breast cancer offers the best chance for a cure. The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance supports the American Cancer Society's recommendation that women begin annual mammography screening at age 40.

2. Where you go matters - choose a mammography expert. Many studies show that doctors who specialize in mammography are more accurate at interpreting the images when compared to physicians with less experience. Get your mammogram read by a doctor who specializes in reading them. The American College of Radiology offers an online search for accredited facilities and "Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence" such as the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. http://www.acr.org/accreditation/AccreditedFacilitySearch.aspx

3. Go digital. Centers that specialize in digital mammography are best for women with dense breast tissue and for women under age 50. Digital scans can do a better job of detecting cancer in these women than traditional film mammography.

4. Don't put off screening because of discomfort. A mammogram should never be painful. Fear that the exa
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