Mom To Mom: Breast Cancer Awareness

Sarah Pannell, “Today on Mom to Mom we’re talking about breast cancer awareness. Joining me today is Dr. Sarkar. Thank you so much for joining me.”
Dr. Sarkar, “Thank you for having me.”

Sarah Pannell, “This month, as everyone knows, is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”

Dr. Sarkar, “Yes. About one in eight women will get breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. The numbers are quite high so it is very important to get screened. For women who are 40 to 49 we recommend screening every one to two years. After the age of 50 we still recommend yearly screening at that point. Definitely don’t delay it any further than age 50.”

Sarah Pannell, “If it runs in the family that might be a different-”

Dr. Sarkar, “Correct.”

Sarah Pannell, “Conversation.”

Dr. Sarkar, “So that’s a different scenario all together. If that’s the case it’s important to discuss gene testing. Some women will have the BRCA gene mutation. If you do have this gene mutation it increases your risk of breast cancer up to 70% so that can be quite high.”

Sarah Pannell, “What are some things women should look out for? What’s abnormal? What’s normal?”

Dr. Sarkar, “It’s important to just be aware of what your breasts feel like. What’s normal and what’s not normal. We used to recommend self exams and those aren’t really recommended as much. It’s just important to know what feels normal to you and what’s a change.”

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