Denise Rable M.D., F.A.C.S.

10900 Hefner Pointe Dr
Suite 505
Oklahoma City, OK 73120

8 am - 5 pm Monday -Friday

Office: (405) 552-0400
Fax: (405) 752-4251

Breast Cancer
The goal of screening exams for early breast cancer detection is to find cancers at the earliest possible stage. Screening refers to tests and exams used to find a disease, such as cancer, in people who do not have any symptoms. Early detection means using an approach that lets breast cancer get diagnosed earlier than otherwise might have occurred.

Breast cancers that are found because they are causing symptoms tend to be larger and are more likely to have already spread beyond the breast. In contrast, breast cancers found during screening exams are more likely to be smaller and still confined to the breast. The size of a breast cancer and how far it has spread are some of the most important factors in predicting the prognosis of a woman with this disease.

Most
doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer save thousands of lives each year, and that many more lives could be saved if even more women and their health care providers took advantage of these tests. Following the American Cancer Society's guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer improves the chances that breast cancer can be diagnosed at an early stage and treated successfully.

It is crucial to perform regular breast self examinations and have yearly clinical breast exams by a physician. In order to detect cancer at an early stage, women without a family history of breast cancer should begin yearly mammograms by age 40.
Women who have a family history of breast cancer or display any breast symptoms such as lumps, masses, or discharge, should immediately consult a physician.