Breast and Cervical Health

Breast Cancer and Screening

After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.

Although it often starts too small to be felt, breast cancer can grow and spread throughout the body, causing serious health problems and, sometimes, death.

Symptoms

Some women may not have any signs or symptoms of breast cancer at all. Some warning signs, though, may include:

  • A new lump in the breast or underarm
  • Thickening or swelling of part of the breast
  • Redness, flaking, irritation or dimpling of breast skin
  • Pain in the breast or nipple area
  • Any change in breast size or shape

Screening

Screening tests for breast cancer include:

  • Breast self-exams
  • Clinical breast exams
  • Mammograms
  • MRI may be used for women with a strong family history or other factors that make them more suseptible to breast cancer

When to start screening and how often to be screened depends largely on a woman’s age, her family history and other factors.

Click on the link  to learn more about breast cancer screening tests and guidelines.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov or call CCHD at 454-6950.

   You can also contact one of our Cancer Control Program staff directly:
   Karen Grindeland
   791-9272
   Penny Paul
   406.454.6751

 

Cervical Cancer and Screening

Cervical cancer is highly preventable in most Western countries because screening tests and a vaccine to prevent HPV infection are available.

When cancer starts in the cervix, the narrow end of the uterus that connects to the vagina, it is called cervical cancer. When cervical cancer is found early, it is highly treatable and associated with long survival and good quality of life.

Symptoms

Some women may have no signs or symptoms of cervical cancer, especially early on. Later, cervical cancer may cause abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge. This is why screening tests are so important.

Screening

Pap tests are the most commonly used screening test for cervical cancer. When and how often to have a pap test depends on age and personal history.

Click here to view more information on screening guidelines for cervical cancer.

For information visit www.cdc.gov or call CCHD at 454-6950.

    You can also contact one of our Cancer Control Program staff directly:
    Karen Grindeland
    791-9272
    Penny Paul
     406.454.6751

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Further Information

CCHD also offers information on prevention and screening for other cancers. Click on the links below to learn more.

To learn more about steps you can take to stay healthy and lower your risk of cancer, click here.

To learn more about screening for skin cancer, click here.

To learn more about screening tests for colorectal cancer, click here.

To learn more information on prostate cancer screening tests, click here.

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