Screening Mammography Camps
Cancer screening aims to detect cancer before symptoms appear. This may involve blood tests, urine tests, other tests, or medical imaging. The benefits of screening in terms of cancer prevention, early detection and subsequent treatment must be weighed against any harm. Selective screening identifies people who are known to be at higher risk of developing cancer, such as people with a family history of cancer. Screening tests must be effective, safe, well-tolerated with acceptably low rates of false positive and false negative results. If signs of cancer are detected, more definitive and invasive follow-up tests are performed to reach a diagnosis. Screening for cancer can lead to cancer prevention and earlier diagnosis. Early diagnosis may lead to higher rates of successful treatment and extended life. Screening tests are used widely to check for cancers of the breast, cervix, colon, and rectum :
Breast Self Examination (B.S.E) :
A woman’s breast changes throughout her life. Aging, weight fluctuations, monthly menstrual cycle, pregnancy, breast feeding, contraceptive pills, other hormone pills and menopause can produce these changes.
Most changes are harmless but they have to be checked. Some changes can be an early sign of breast cancer. Breast changes are often found by women themselves. Therefore, all women should be familiar with and learn how to examine their own breasts. Women above 35 years should be examined once a year.
Regular Breast Self Examination (B.S.E) can help in noticing changes in the breast that occur in between a doctor’s clinical breast examination or a mammogram (a special X-ray of the breast). Breast Self Examination at monthly intervals will help you find any changes that require further examination. What should you look for when you are examining your breast?
If you find any one or more of the above changes, it does not necessarily mean you have cancer. But you should consult your doctor immediately to find out the cause. If breast cancer is detected early, the chances of cure are greatly increased.
A mammogram is the best tool doctors have to find breast cancer early. A mammogram is a picture of the breast made with x-rays. Women who are at higher-than-average risk of breast cancer should talk with their health care provider about whether to have mammograms and how often to have them.