Eight Breast Cancer 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
6. Gail Scale Scoring
7. PreOvar (more specific for ovarian cancers)
8. Needle localization
And which ones are right for you? Keep reading!