Our staff is available to help you with preventive care, education, resources, genetic testing and early diagnosis techniques, including:
All women should examine their breasts every month (three to five days after a menstrual cycle ends) to quickly detect any new masses or lumps, dimpling or changes in shape or symmetry. The American Cancer Society recommends that women begin self-exams at age 20.
Breast cancer in men is rare, but men should also check their own breasts regularly. Any lump, change in shape or anything unusual should be examined by a physician.
Early diagnosis is the key to successful treatment of breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends women get a baseline mammogram (an X-ray of the breast) at age 35. Most women should also get a mammogram every year beginning at age 40. Talk to your doctor about what is right for you.
To learn more, or for help in scheduling a mammogram, please call us at (203) 384-4843.
Genetic Risk Assessment
According to the American Cancer Society, about 5 to 10 percent of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary, resulting directly from gene changes (called mutations) inherited from a parent. In general, people who have a strong family history of cancer (several affected relatives, with some at early ages) are candidates for genetic counseling and risk assessments.
The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, in partnership with Yale Cancer Center, provides genetic counseling to help you understand your risk - and your family's risk - of developing cancer. For more information, please call one of the following locations:
Fairfield: (203) 254-2381
Trumbull: (203) 373-9015
The Genetics of Breast Cancer