Jane Fonda just recently revealed her close encounter with breast cancer. Ms. Fonda was reportedly noted to have a small cancerous growth in her breast that was picked up during a routine physical exam by her own physician. She has since undergone a breast biopsy procedure for removal of this tumor, and is said to be doing quite well. Fortunately the tumor was found and removed at an early stage, before it became invasive and spread further. Successful stories like this are the goal of physicians and surgeons who treat breast cancer, and underscore the importance of breast cancer screening guidelines as set forth by the American Cancer Society. My patients routinely ask me what they need to be doing to screen for breast cancer.
So here is what you need to know about routine breast cancer screening: