Test may determine if breast cancer returns
While hundreds of thousands of women beat breast cancer every year, most worry that the disease will return. Now, doctors have discovered a test that might help determine if a cancer survivor is in the clear.
According to WRAL.com, women who are in remission from ductal carcinoma, also known as DCIS, often undergo a lumpectomy. However, sometimes further treatment is needed.
“It would be wonderful to say to these patients, just a surgical lumpectomy is enough for you, you don’t need to do more. And for patients in that high risk group, those are probably the patients who will benefit most from additional treatment,” said. Dr. Freya Schnabel, director of breast surgery at New York University’s Langone Medical Center.
Women should also make sure to take an active role in their breast health. The American Cancer Society recommends that all women over the age of 40 have a yearly mammogram.
Other factors that contribute to lowering one’s risk of breast cancer include refraining from smoking and maintaining a healthy diet.