GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – As Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close, 9OYS is taking a look at the issue locally.
Different organizations have different recommendations for screening, so we went to local doctors to find out what they advise.
Many are concerned about big issues they see here in the east.
“We still see a large proportion of patients presenting at an advanced stage, lack of care, a lot of socioeconomic status,” said Dr. Mahvish Muzaffar, an assistant professor at Brody School of Medicine. “That is where the new cancer center obviously is making headway. But the word has to be spread out in communities that breast cancer if caught early can be cured.”
People without family history should start talking to their doctors about yearly mammograms at age 40.
“Patients often think, well I have no one in family who has breast cancer,” Muzaffar said. “Majority of patients, all you need is just being a female — 100 times more risk — and as you age, the risk of breast cancer increases.”
If you have a family history of breast cancer, your risk doubles, so you may be eligible for screening even if you’re younger than 40.