Cancer screening guidelines

Oakwood is dedicated to effectively treating women dealing with breast cancer, but we are also totally committed to generally improving overall breast health in every woman we treat. We are convinced that education and the earliest possible diagnosis are critical to the prevention and successful rehabilitation of this disease.

Women who are educated in breast health and trained in self-examination play an active and critical role in promoting their own health and minimizing affects from breast cancer through the earliest possible detection. Knowing what to look for and performing thorough self-examinations on a regular basis literally saves lives.

Breast cancer - possible early signs
Generally, some degree of lumpiness can develop in women's breasts that is not harmful. In fact, only a small percentage of lumps are malignant. So, how do you know what to look for when performing self-examinations? The following list provides some possible early signs of breast cancer as identified by the
National Breast Cancer Foundation:

  • A lump is detected, which is usually single, firm, and most often painless
  • A portion of the skin on the breast or underarm swells and has an unusual appearance
  • Veins on the skin surface become more prominent on one breast
  • The breast nipple becomes inverted, develops a rash, changes in skin texture, or has a discharge other than breast milk
  • A depression is found in an area of the breast surface

Breast self-exam
Oakwood provides detailed information and instructions for successful breast self-exams. If you are unsure of how to effectively perform the procedure, find out how to begin your
early detection and prevention program today!

Additional resources
National Women's Health Resource Center