Ask an expert
It’s normal to have questions about breast care and we’ve provided some answers for you here.
None of my family members have had cancer, can I be worry free?
What is a mammogram and what happens?
What is breast ultrasound and why is it used?
Questions to ask your doctor
The more you know about your breast health, the better you’ll be able to have productive conversations with your doctors that lead to more informed decisions about your health. It is also important to take notice and describe any changes in your breasts and report them to your doctor. Below are some questions to consider asking while speaking with your doctor:
- How often should I get a mammogram?
- Is there a way to reduce my risk of getting breast cancer?
- Do I have dense breasts?
- What does having dense breasts mean?
- How does having dense breasts impact my risk of getting cancer?
- Are there tests other than a mammogram I may need?
- Should I receive a breast cancer risk assessment?
- Should I receive genetic testing for breast cancer?
- Who will help me understand my results?
Preparing questions in advance of your doctor appointment can help you have a productive visit. Also consider bringing a pen and paper to write down any information or instructions your doctor provides. Knowledge is power.
Early detection is key
Your breast health is your responsibility.
Commit to eating right, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight. Check out the American Cancer Society guidelines for more information.
Screening saves lives. Don’t skip your yearly mammogram, and if you have dense breasts, ask about supplemental screening to help detect any hidden cancers.
Know your risk
Everyone has different breast cancer risk factors due to family history, genetics, and lifestyle. Consider a risk assessment to better understand your lifetime risk.
Share with family and friends
Be kind and share what you’ve learned so everyone has the word on breast density and breast cancer risk.
Disclaimer: The content on this site is for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, or a substitute for such advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should always consult with your healthcare provider for medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment, including your specific medical needs. Volpara Health does not recommend or endorse any specific methods of supplemental screening or treatment.