October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

From the CDC Website:

Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms.

What Are the Symptoms?

There are different symptoms of breast cancer, and some people have no symptoms at all. Symptoms can include—

  • Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
  • Pain in any area of the breast.
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk (including blood).
  • A new lump in the breast or underarm.

If you have any signs that worry you, see your doctor right away.

Did you know that up to 10% of cancer patients have an inherited gene mutation?   Fortunately, knowing your cancer family history may help a physician to prevent cancer or detect it at an earlier stage. Women with certain genetic mutations have:

  • up to 63% lifetime risk of developing ovarian cancer
  • up to 87% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer


By taking this quick quiz, you can find out whether you may be at risk for a hereditary cancer syndrome. It only a few minutes – knowing your hereditary cancer risk could save your life!

Take the quiz – https://www.mygenehistory.com/annandaleobgyn

Schedule your risk assessment appointment today:

If your results indicate that you may have an increased risk for certain cancers, please contact our office at 703-642-7522 to schedule an appointment. During the appointment we will discuss your family history in more depth and discuss whether hereditary cancer testing is the right next step for you and your health.