Theresa Caputo Shared A Very Private Moment To Remind All Women About The Importance Of Getting Screened For Breast Cancer
August 14, 2018 16:33 By Fabiosa
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States and worldwide. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), 12.4 percent of all women will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lives. That’s more than 1 in 10 women!
Fortunately, the number of deaths caused by the disease is decreasing steadily. We can thank mammograms and other screening tests for that, as they can detect breast cancer at a stage when it can be cured.
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Theresa Caputo’s health scare
Theresa Caputo, who we know from TLC’s Long Island Medium, knows well about her risks. She has a family history of breast cancer, so she goes in for routine checks every six months. Theresa also has dense breast tissue, so she gets sonograms in addition to mammograms.
Back in 2017, Theresa went to undergo another routine mammogram and sonogram, thinking she’s fine. That’s when the ultrasound test revealed a suspicious nodule in her breast.
The doctor told Teresa he would need to perform a needle biopsy (i.e. insert a long thin needle into her breast and take a small sample of the solid mass to check it for the presence of cancer cells). Theresa’s heart sank, but she composed herself and had a biopsy right then and there. She was told she would know the results two days later.
Much to the relief of Theresa, her family, and her fans, the solid mass turned out to be a benign lump. Theresa decided to make her experience public to remind as many women as possible about the importance of breast cancer screenings.
How often do I need to get screened for breast cancer?
Breast cancer is highly curable if it’s found early. Women of all ages should be familiar with what their breasts normally look and feel like and report any suspicious changes to their doctors.
As for mammograms, the American Cancer Society recommends undergoing this test every year for women aged 45 to 54. Women aged 55 and older should have mammograms every 1 or 2 years.
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These recommendations are for women who are at an average risk of developing breast cancer. Women who have a higher risk of the disease, such those with a family history, may have to start yearly mammograms earlier. Also, additional imaging tests (such as ultrasound) may be recommended.
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To get specific recommendations, ask your doctor about your personal breast cancer risk and screening tests you need to have.
While there’s no surefire way to prevent the disease, early detection is the best weapon we have in the fight against it.