According to the Spanish Cancer Association, there are currently more treatments to fight this type of tumor that are less invasive.
According to this association, getting an early diagnosis allows for less aggressive treatments and increases the chances of survival to over 90%. The first step to understand the importance of doing a breast self-examination at home at least once a month. By doing this, if you find something suspicious, you can receive a proper consultation from an oncologist.
Methods of detection have improved considerably. Some of them include:
- Mammogram. A mammogram should be conducted once every two years after age of 35; however, some doctors recommend starting at age 25 or getting them once a year between age 50 through 70 if there is a family history of the disease.
A digital mammography is the most important diagnostic method. There are also 3D mammograms now that produce a three-dimensional image of the breast in addition to other methods, if the breast is very dense.
- The elastography. This is the most recent advancement in medical imaging techniques. It is a method that provides information on the consistency of a particular mass. It provides an extremely accurate image that helps to avoid biopsies if this mapping clearly indicates that the mass is benign.
- Biopsy. This is a simple test that involves removing a small amount of tissue cells with a thin needle in order for it to be analyzed in the laboratory.
- Immunotherapy. This is a type of cancer treatment that stimulates the body’s natural defenses to fight cancer. It uses substances produced by the body or manufactured in a laboratory to improve or restore the function of the immune system.