Early detection of breast cancer increases survival rates

October 6, 2018 GMT

NORFOLK - One in eight women in the U.S. will get breast cancer and it’s important to know your risk.

Dr. Kinzie Norris is a Breast Surgical Oncologist at Faith Regional Health Services and says with October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s important women are up to date on their checkups.

Dr. Norris says it’s recommended women age 40 and older receive annual screenings.

She says risks and benefits come with breast cancer examinations.

“The greatest downside of getting a screening is you may have to undergo a biopsy that ends up proving to be benign or normal. We call this a false positive finding, and it can cause the patient anxiety, additional time away form work and family, and possible discomfort during the procedure” Dr. Norris said.

She says early detection of breast cancer increases survival rates as it can detect breast cancer up to two years before the tumor can be felt by you or your doctor.

To schedule a checkup, contact your primary physician or the radiology department at Faith Regional.