Breast Cancer Screening Specialist

Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance Primary Care

General Internal Medicine located in Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women. As Ahmar Butt, MD, Lalasa Valasareddi, MD, and the team at Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance know, early detection is the best method to prevent breast cancer from spreading. That’s why they provide comprehensive breast cancer screenings at their office in the Downtown Brooklyn neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. To schedule a breast cancer screening, call or book online today.

Breast Cancer Screening Q&A

What is a breast cancer screening?

A breast cancer screening detects early signs of breast cancer. Screenings can help discover the presence of cancerous tissue before you even show symptoms. When caught early, breast cancer is treatable. 

That’s why the team at Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance recommends getting a screening every year once you turn 45, or earlier if you have a family history of breast cancer.

Are there different types of breast cancer screening?

There are two primary types of breast cancer screening:

Breast exam

A routine breast cancer screening is a hands-on examination. During the exam, your provider uses their hands to feel for abnormal bumps or tissue. If they do find an area of concern, they may recommend additional tests, such as a diagnostic mammogram, MRI, ultrasound, or biopsy.

Mammogram

Mammograms use X-ray imaging to see the structures inside your breasts. They take photos of the inside of your breasts to detect cancerous tissues and abnormal growths.

Who needs a breast cancer screening?

Self-exams at home are essential for your breast health. While you can perform a breast exam on yourself at any time, the team recommends doing so at least once a month to familiarize yourself with the way your normal breast tissue feels.

Should you feel anything abnormal, schedule an appointment with Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance for an in-office screening.

Experts recommend scheduling a yearly mammogram starting at age 45. Women between the ages of 40-45 can choose to have an annual exam. Those in high-risk categories may need annual screenings sooner. 

If your results are normal, you can have a mammogram every two years.

What are the risks for breast cancer?

Certain women are at a higher risk for developing breast cancer than others. Some factors that may increase your chances of developing breast cancer include:

  • Being over the age of 50
  • Starting your menstrual cycle before age 12
  • Having the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation
  • Having a family history of breast or ovarian cancer
  • Having heavy or dense breasts
  • Using radiation therapy in the past
  • Never giving birth

To schedule a breast cancer screening with Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance, call or book online today.