Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the breast tissues. With one in eight women diagnosed with breast cancer, almost everyone knows someone affected by the disease. In 2021, an estimated 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the US and 49,290 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. And although it is rare, men can get breast cancer too. In 2021, an estimated 2,650 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the US.
While breast cancer is sometimes found after symptoms appear, many women have no symptoms at all. This is why regular breast cancer screening is so important. Adult women of all ages should perform a breast self-exam at least once a month. Self-exams help you become familiar with how your breasts look and feel to notify a healthcare professional of any changes.
Another important factor in early detection? Mammograms. Women 40 and older are encouraged to have a mammogram every 1 or 2 years. When annual mammograms are combined with clinical breast exams and breast self-exams, your chances of finding cancer are even greater. Getting checked regularly can put your mind at ease, and finding cancer early may also save your life. Early detection is key.
Thomas Health has two diagnostic centers ready to help get you scheduled for a screening mammogram; walk-ins welcome.
Thomas Health Diagnostic Center in Spring Hill
4800 MacCorkle Avenue, SW
South Charleston, WV 25309
Thomas Health Diagnostic Center on Court Street
400 Court Street, Suite 201
Charleston, WV 25301