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Women with no symptoms can attend our routine breast assessment program & undergo clinical examination. Annual screening mammograms are recommended for women above 40 years of age. Women of any age with elevated risk of breast cancer can appear for screening as well.
This is a specialized multi-disciplinary service for diagnosing all types of breast diseases. This diagnostic service at our clinic also applies to women who have been found to have any abnormality at the time of screening. Diagnosis is finally arrived at by combining results of investigations.
Doctors recommend breast biopsy when they suspect that the lump or thickening in the chest is cancerous. This is common when mammogram, ultrasound & MRI reveal suspicious findings. Other reasons include unusual nipples or changes in areola, including scaling, crusting, bloody discharge or dimpling of skin.
The type of treatment which is recommended depends upon the cause of lump in breast. Periodical monitoring or antibiotics prescription may be required in some cases. Advanced treatments for breast cancer involve surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy depending upon the stage of cancer.
Breast disorders can either be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Most often breast cancer can mean loss of breast or of life, but in contrast benign breast tumors are not life threatening. Breast cancer for many women is the worst fear. With advances in medical science though several potential problems can be detected early & regularly examined by the doctor. Women can also undergo periodical mammograms as recommended by doctors. However, early detection of breast cancer is the key to successful treatment.
Signs & symptoms related to breast disorders are quite common & call for most visits to doctors each year. Some of these symptoms are enumerated below.
Changes in skin of breasts mean that the skin can become red, thickened, dimpled, puckered or become pitted. However, these signs & symptoms of breasts do not necessarily mean cancer or any other serious disorder. Monthly breast tenderness can also relate to hormonal changes before menstrual periods.
Women observing the following changes in breasts should make it a point to see the doctor.
Some of the most common tests & procedures for diagnosing breast disorders are enumerated below.
A breast examination is usually conducted while the patient is sitting or lying down. Doctors will examine breasts for irregularities in shape, inverted nipples & lumps. They will also check for redness, thickening, dimpling or tightening of skin over nipples. They will squeeze the nipples to check for any discharge & check armpits for enlarged lymph nodes.
This imaging test involves taking x-rays of both breasts to evaluate breast abnormalities. A low dosage of radiation is used during mammography. Only about 10 – 15 percent of women undergoing this procedure are detected for breast cancer. However, mammography is more accurate among older women. Screening mammography is normally recommended for all women beginning at 50 years of age.
This procedure will provide more information about abnormalities which were detected during mammography. Ultrasonography will reveal whether a lump that was detected is solid or a cyst filled with fluid. Cysts are rarely found to be cancerous. Ultrasonography is also helpful to doctors for placing a biopsy needle into the abnormal breast tissue.
This imaging procedure is performed at the same time as mammography for screening women having increased risk of developing breast cancer. Like for women having gene mutation for breast cancer. MRI is also used for identification of abnormal lymph nodes & for determining the size & number of breast tumors following diagnosis of breast cancer. MRI is very helpful for doctors in planning surgery & other types of treatment.
More about Dr. Harika Tirungari
Dr. Harika Tirungari is a trusted general and laparoscopic surgeon in Hyderabad. She has good experience in cases like hernias, varicose veins, laparoscopic appendectomy ,cholecystectomy, breast, general, colorectal and anorectal procedures.
MBBS( Gandhi medical college) M.S( Osmania Medical college)
ASSOCIATION OF SURGEONS OF INDIA(ASI)
Research and publications
Breast cancer- rising trend in young ,global journal of surgery 2017
Transoral robotic thyroidectomy- a series, gjs 2017,
Pneumoperitoneum aided access into the abdomen for re-relaparotomies: A new technique, gjs 2017
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