Eight Breast Cancer Tests you may have never had

Five Breast Tests You May Have Never Had:
Is breast cancer inevitable?
It seems like it is inevitable, for now, 1/7 American women will have it before death. You can catch up on statics by checking out the Am. Cancer Society’s Fact page:
 other cancer facts may be at Oncolog stat
It's most important to follow mammogram guidelines and clinical breast exams with your gyno, but after that there may be other tests that would be useful. I highly recommend our patients with risk factors actually get the last test first, a Gail Scale analysis. I also recommend the Halo breast pap. For those with breast symptoms the ultrasound test is important. And you do not necessarily need a genetic counselor to get the breast cancer gene test, it is done by blood draw and the results come with a very clear pamphlet on what they may mean.However, it is important that you have a physician  whom feels comfortable speaking about the tests results with if it's your regular physician.

1. Breast Ultrasound
2. The HALO™ Breast Pap Test
3. BRCA 1/2 Gene Testing
4. CellSearch ® Circulating Tumor Cell (CTC) Test from Veridex
5. MammaPrint(R)
6. Gail Scale Scoring
7. PreOvar (more specific for ovarian cancers)
8. Needle localization
And which ones are right for you? Keep reading!

This list might even challenge your gynos and certainly not all women are candidates for all these tests. Ultrasound: best to check out the cysts or sore spots. Halo Breast pap: you can get it yearly from 25 to 70. It detects precancerous changes which can be addressed before they become cancerous. Gene testing? I prefer to have a personal consultation, and we use several factors to decide if this test is right for you, and more importantly what we may do with the answer. Will you have to go off your birth control pills, change hormone therapy, plan to breast feed, exercise more, etc. If there is cancer in your family (or even ovarian cancer, melanomas, colon cancers, or prostate cancers, speak up) this can be tested, and another sort of "secret that shouldn't be a secret" is that the guidelines for mammograms for the gene carriers are very different, these women need to start having mammograms at 25. Cell searching? Right now just used in patients with metastatic cancer: but yes, it detects cells circulating in our blood stream that are cancerous. And MammaPrint? MammaPrint is another gene test that helps figure treatment for a breast cancer patient. So when you feel a bit like the inevitable is coming....don't be passive, see what can be checked!


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