Aesthetic (cosmetic) breast procedures should be performed in the context of healthy, normal breasts.
Be aware of your own body by regular self-examination
Know your family history and your risk for breast cancer.
- If breast or ovarian cancer is in your family, consider genetic testing to assess your own personal risk.
- Painful breast nodules during menses are usually not dangerous. Your doctor may recommend aspiration, analgesics, or other medication.
- Breastfeeding your baby is advised by many experts. Breastfeeding can lower breast cancer risk.
- Breast cancer develops in one of every nine to ten American women in their lifetime. Early detection is important for survival. Monthly breast self-examination is advised several days after menses. Use both hands to carefully feel all areas. Report changes to your doctor.
- Screening mammograms are advised annually beginning at age 40 or maybe earlier if you are at high risk or if you find a new nodule or lump on breast self-exam. Dr. Laverson advises a baseline mammogram for women aged 38 and older before cosmetic breast surgery. Any abnormality on your own self-exam, change in the appearance of the breasts, skin or nipple dimpling, nipple drainage, new lump, mass, or density should be reported to your physician.