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Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness

Fertility specialists raise awareness about breast exams and breast cancer detection

Breast Cancer AwarenessThe team at USC Fertility encourages women to stay healthy in all aspects of their lives. This month, we spotlight breast exams and breast cancer detection. One in eight women will develop breast cancer in the U.S. With these chances, early detection is key to surviving.

Fertility specialists help women get the detection they need

E! News anchor and member of Fashion Police, Guiliana Rancic revealed in 2011 that she had breast cancer at age 37. During her third try at IVF, Rancic scheduled a mammogram after her fertility specialist suggested it. When she received the results, she was shocked to find that she had breast cancer. Despite her battle with cancer, she and her husband had a child through surrogacy.

What happens after finding lumps during breast exams?

In a female medical exam, a fertility specialist will conduct a breast exam. If the specialist finds a lump, (s)he can help the woman seek testing to determine if the lump is cancerous. Several tests may be conducted following the breast exam.

  • If women are under 30, doctors often run a breast ultrasound and, if necessary, a mammogram. Other times, a physician will wait one or two menstrual cycles and then re-examine the lump to see if it disappears. Women should talk with their obgyn if they feel uneasy about waiting.
  • If women are over 30, an obgyn will often conduct a mammogram and a breast ultrasound.
  • A breast surgeon may perform a biopsy despite a woman’s age.

Early detection is key to fighting breast cancer. If you find an abnormal lump, contact your obgyn or fertility specialist, so they can help you find a specialist.

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