How to Detect the Possibility of Breast Cancer
The word “stage” loosely describes the development of breast cancer, from Stage 1, which means it is treatable, to Stage 4, which means it probably is not, and the cancer has spread throughout one’s body.
Stage 0 means that there is no cancer present.
Stage 0 to 1 Cancer Diagnosis
Ideally, if breast cancer is to be discovered, it is at Stage 1. Screening mammograms are designed to find a hint of cancer, with most women happy to learn there is none.
The out-of-pocket price of screening mammography ranges from $100 to $350+. If a hint of cancer is found, diagnostic mammography runs into the thousands. The “false positive rate” is around 60%, and at least 80% of the resulting biopsies are benign (no cancer).
As you might guess, criticism of a regular screening mammography is that it often results in false diagnoses, increases fear, and can lead to thousands of dollars in possibly unneeded medical costs. This is a frightening prospect for women, and is especially scary for women without health insurance or high insurance premiums and deductibles.
Affordable (free!) Cancer Detection for Everyone
While there are many articles on the subject, it is more informative to learn what to do by touching breasts that contain replicas of cancer tumors.
The best way to learn is to use one of several breast self-exam training kits on the market. They generally range in price from $100 to $500, as these Internet searches show. Prices vary.
I recommend that women invest in a kit and even better, discuss its use with her healthcare professional. Check often and wisely!
Invest in a breast self-examination kit that provides the most information, like available on the two links below. Share it with your friends and family as knowledge of how breast cancer feels to the touch could help save everyone’s life.
If you cannot afford a self-examination kit, perhaps a community health service would have one. Note that I discovered my own Stage 3 breast cancer on my own. Had I been trained on a self-examination kit, I would have discovered it a lot sooner.
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