Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in American women, behind skin cancer. David Brenin, MD, who is co-director of both the UVA Breast Care Program and the High-Risk Breast and Ovarian Cancer Clinic, says not enough women are getting mammograms. And a recent survey of Virginia women found that just one in eight were aware that breast density is a risk factor for cancer.
In this week’s podcast, Brenin discusses breast cancer screening, including:
- When women should get their first mammogram — and when they might consider reducing how often they get them
- When to consider other kinds of imaging, such as tomosynthesis (3D mammography) or ultrasound
- Family history and genetic testing for the BRCA1 and 2 mutations
- Treatments, including lumpectomies and mastectomies
Listen to the podcast: