Who needs to be screened?
All women aged 40-69 years are recommended to perform periodic regular screening for breast cancer. Screening refers to the testing of healthy women for the early detection of breast cancer. Early detection is possible through the use of techniques that can detect non-palpable breast cancer.
Detection of breast cancer at an early stage and effective early treatment are the best ways of ensuring total cure. The earlier the diagnosis is made, the better the chances are in terms of survival and of only requiring minimally invasive treatment.
The screening process
The mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast and the best screening test to detect breast cancer early. It is recommended that all women aged 40-69 years have a screening mammogram every two years.
If you are still menstruating, plan to have your mammogram between day 6th and 10th day of your menstrual cycle. If you no longer have periods, you can book your mammogram at anytime.
You can book an appointment for a screening mammogram directly through the website.
You do not require a screening mammogram if you:
- are under 40 or over 69 years
- have had a mammogram within the last 24 months
- are pregnant
- are lactating (breast-feeding)
- have Removed both breasts
Women with a family history of breast cancer should discuss screening options with their health care provider.
The breast self examination
Every woman aged 20 years and above should check her breasts for lumps, thickening or other changes every month. By examining your breasts regularly, you will learn how your breasts normally feel.
Moreover, practicing monthly breast self examination (BSE) may give you added peace-of-mind. It’s a routine that gives you the opportunity to spot changes that require your doctor’s attention. The best time for a breast self examination is between day 6 - 10 after the first day of your period, when the breasts are not tender or swollen.
Women who are postmenopausal or post-hysterectomy should conduct the breast self examination on the same day of each month. You may choose any date but it should be one that you will remember.
Remember – Early Detection is the key to surviving breast cancer.
Book your mammogram today.