Importance of self-exams & knowing family history
While it is recommended that women begin going for yearly mammograms at age 40, women in their 30’s should begin giving themselves regular self-exams to feel for any lumps in the breasts.
This is especially important for African American women, as they are at higher risk of developing breast cancer at younger ages.
It is also important for women to discuss any family history of breast cancer with their doctor, especially women who have had close family members develop the disease due to the BRCA 1 or 2 gene.
While breast cancer caused by the BRCA gene mutation is not common, those who are carriers of the gene are at significantly higher risk of developing the disease. Early detection is key to improving cancer survival rates.
By getting the proper screenings and discussing family health history with their doctors, individuals improve their chance of catching breast cancer earlier in the disease process, when it is much easier to successfully treat.
Our community is fortunate as Cone Health has an exceptional network of women’s health specialists and services dedicated to educating individuals about the importance of family health history, cancer screenings and risk assessments.
Dr. Eleanor Greene is an obstetrics and gynecology specialist at Triad Women’s Center and a member of the Cone Health medical staff. Dr. Greene earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Wake Forest University and her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. A member of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, she was certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1988.