Breast Cancer screenings are an essential part of maintaining lifelong comprehensive wellness. At Reliance Primary & Urgent Care, we’re dedicated to monitoring your health to catch developing concerns before they become serious. Breast cancer is a common risk faced by women throughout their lives. Regular screenings ensure the condition can be caught early and effective treatment applied.

Breast Cancer Screening at Reliance Primary & Urgent Care

When breast cancer develops, it often appears as a small lump within the breast tissue. At this early point in the disease, it’s often possible to quickly treat the condition and stop it from advancing. However, treating the condition becomes significantly more difficult if it is caught later when it is more advanced. Like all cancers, breast cancer is a life-threatening condition. When you see Reliance Primary & Urgent Care for your screenings, you add protection to your usual self-screening process at home.

During your breast cancer screening, you will be referred to a Qualified Imaging place to get your Mammogram done. After the mammogram, you’ll meet with Dr. Visha Patel to review the findings. They’ll explain what you see in the film and inform you if there’s anything to worry about. If there are any concerns with the results, a round of testing is set up to determine if cancer is present.

Between visits, you must perform self-screenings at least monthly. The self-screening process is done following these steps:

  • Begin by removing your shirt and bra and standing in front of a mirror. Place your arms by your side and perform a visual inspection. If you are visually impaired, consider getting help from a friend or family member. Check for the following visual indicators:
    • While facing forward, look for size, symmetry, or shape changes. Also, be alert for any signs of puckering in your breast.
    • Look to see if your nipples have been inverted. Inverted nipples are normal for some women, so this may not be a concern if this applies to you.
    • Inspect your breasts again with your hands pressing into your hips.
    • Inspect them again with your arms raised overhead and your palms pressed together.
    • Lift your breasts and ensure the bottom ridges are symmetrical

The next stage is the palpation exam, which means using your hands to feel for signs. You can do this part lying on your back on a flat surface or in the shower. The lather and soap in the shower help your fingers glide smoothly across your skin, making lumps easier to detect. Begin by placing the pads of your three middle fingers on your areola. Slowly apply varying degrees of pressure as you move out toward the edge of the breast. Then, return to the areola, just clockwise from where you started, and repeat. Do this until you have completely circled your breast.

You may detect a lump or hard knot near your underarms or that your breasts have changed, feeling more full, or a strange thickness in the tissue that isn’t like the rest of your breast tissue. Ridges, bulges, puckers, or dimples may be detected, indicating a malformation caused by an abnormality in the tissue. The nipple may invert, folding inward instead of sticking out. Swelling, warmth, redness, or pain are indicators, as are rashes, scaling, sores, or bloody nipple discharge.

If you identify any of these, contact our office immediately.

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At Reliance Primary & Urgent Care, we’re dedicated to establishing long-term relationships with our patients. We’re here to provide you and your family with the primary medical care to ensure life-long good health. Together we’ll do preventative care, and form treatment plans to protect your health for years to come.