CLINICAL SCREENING AND RISK MANAGEMENT

In the age of individualised medicine each patient has a unique risk profile,
physiology and psychology

If you are worried or simply confused about when to go for a mammogram, make an appointment.
After a thorough assessment, Dr Roodt will provide you with guidelines for your specific breast care including:

Current and lifetime risk profile estimate for breast cancer
Dr Roodt will make use of a special risk assessment model to estimate your risk of developing breast cancer and refer you for formal genetic testing if indicated.

How to do a thorough breast self-examination
Dr Roodt will demonstrate the steps of self-examination and answer any questions you may have about the process.

Lifestyle changes to reduce your risk
While Dr Roodt will advise on supplements and assess your current chronic medication, an appointment with Michelle will assist with optimum nutrition and stress management techniques.

Signs and symptoms to look out for
These may include swelling in the breast; pain in the nipple or breast; skin irritation; nipple discharge; and the development of a new lump or hard mass in the breast.

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When to start screening and what modality to use
Early detection of breast cancer is the most effective means of preventing the development of the disease. Dr Roodt will advise you of the best screening option for you, based on your age, family history and overall health.

Referral for appropriate breast imaging (mammogram/tomogram/ultrasound) if indicated
A mammogram is one of the most important clinical screenings available, and Dr Roodt may recommend one for diagnostic purposes. During the screening, your breast will be placed on a special plate where it will be compressed for a short time. One you have been properly positioned, images will be taken of your breasts, which can then be assessed in detail for any abnormalities.

Fine needle and/or core biopsy if indicated
During the biopsy procedure, a small tissue sample is taken from the breast with the use a hollow need. The collected tissue is then sent to a laboratory for further testing.

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