Ask the Doctor Breast Cancer and Mammograms

Dr. Wei Lin

Dr. Wei Lin, Oncologist
Crystal Hematology & Oncology

Got questions about breast cancer and mammograms? We have answers.

A conversation with Dr. Wei Lin, an oncologist with Crystal Hematology & Oncology on the UH Parma Medical Center campus, about the screening test that is your best defense against a leading type of cancer.

Is breast cancer the most common cause of death for women?

No. Breast cancer is the fifth leading cause of death. Women have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer accounts for 1 in 3 cancer cases diagnosed in women. Yet, because it is treatable especially if detected early, fewer women have been dying from this disease due to early detection and improvements in treatment.

What is the best way to find breast cancer early?

By a mammogram.

What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. Doctors use a mammogram to look for early signs of breast cancer. Having regular mammograms can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. If you are 50 or older, be sure to have a screening mammogram every year. If you are age 40–49 years, talk to your doctor about when and how often you should have a screening.

What are the symptoms of breast cancer?

When breast cancer starts out, it is too small to feel and does not cause signs and symptoms. As it grows, however, breast cancer can cause changes in how the breast looks or feels.

Symptoms may include:

  • New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit)
  • Thickening or swelling of part of the breast
  • Irritation or dimpling of breast skin
  • Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast
  • Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood
  • Any change in the size or the shape of the breast
  • Pain in any area of the breast

Why should I have a mammogram?

Regular mammograms are the best tests doctors have to find breast cancer early, sometimes up to three years before it can be felt. When their breast cancer is found early, many women go on to live long and healthy lives.

Where can I go to get screened?

UH Parma Medical Center offers state-of-art digital mammography. You may call WellPointe Pavilion to schedule an appointment: (440) 743-4455.

How can I lower my risk of breast cancer?

  • Control your weight and exercise
  • Know your family history of breast cancer. If you have a mother, sister, or daughter with breast cancer, ask your doctor what is your risk of getting breast cancer and how you can lower your risk
  • Find out the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink

Can men get breast cancer?

Men can also get breast cancer, but it is not very common. For every 100 cases of breast cancer, less than 1 is in men.

Dr. Lin can be reached at Crystal Hematology & Oncology at 6707 Powers Blvd., MAC building 2, (440) 743-2590.

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