Dr. Sandra Pupa and the team at the Women's Healthcare Center in Meridian stress the importance of self-awareness to patients when it comes to detecting breast cancer, especially between mammograms.
"A cancer lump can come up very quickly even if you just got a mammogram three months ago," says Dr. Pupa, a radiologist at Rush, "if you feel a new lump please get it checked out."
It is recommended that self exams be conducted once a month, and Dr. Pupa says that those exams could catch something even a mammogram could not detect.
"If you have a cancer that's high on the chest wall, or up under the arm or against the breastbone, no matter how hard you try you cannot include that tissue on the mammogram," says Pupa.
Even women without a family history of breast cancer need to be aware of any changes, because 75% of breast cancer cases do not run in the family, and 25% of cancers occur in women younger than 50.