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Questions To Ask At Your Breast Cancer Exam

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Questions To Ask At Your Breast Cancer Exam

breastcancerquestionsIf you’re like many of us, a visit with a health care professional leaves you feeling rushed or anxious—or both. So much so, that all the questions you thought of before going in fly right out of your head. But, a breast exam by your health care professional is also a great opportunity to get your questions answered about breast health. The next time you are due for your breast exam—every three years if you’re age 20 to 39, and every year if you’re 40 or older—bring these important questions with you:

  • What factors would put me at higher risk for developing breast cancer, and is there anything I can do to lower my risk?
  • Does it increase my odds of developing breast cancer if my mother had it? Should I consider getting genetic testing or any other testing?
  • What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
  • How is breast cancer diagnosed?
  • Should I do monthly breast self-exams? If so, can you show me how?
  • What is a clinical breast exam? How often should I get one and who should do it?
  • What is a screening mammogram? When should I get my first one?
  • How can I find a low-cost or free mammogram?
  • Am I more likely to get breast cancer if I take birth control pills or hormone therapy? How about if I have large or dense breasts?
  • I have a lump, but the mammogram says everything is normal. Should I request more tests?
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