Breast Health Unit
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women after lung cancer in developed countries. Every year, 1.5 million women around the world are diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 250 thousand women die due to this disease.
Breast cancer is most common in two age groups. The first is 40 years old and the second is 50-60 years old.
The factors that cause breast cancer are not fully known. The factors that are emphasized today can be summarized as follows: being a woman, increasing age, having someone in the family who had cancer at a young age, menstruating at an early age, entering menopause at a late age, giving birth to her first child at an advanced age, taking external hormone medications, receiving radiotherapy to the breast area, previous Having masses that are followed up but not cancerous, having dense breast tissue, and having genetic mutations such as BRCA1/2.
Early diagnosis of breast cancer, which is one of the cancers whose diagnosis and treatment has become easier today, is a critical point.
Apart from cancer, it is also important to diagnose and follow up the presence of a mass, lump, discharge, color change, redness, temperature increase or any other abnormal condition in the breast.
Monitoring breast-related diseases in a center regularly and by experienced people will solve an important health problem.
Breast diseases should be evaluated multidisciplinary, that is, by more than one department; Action should be taken in line with the common opinions of radiologists, general surgeons and physicians from the medical oncology department.
Anyone who has an abnormal condition in their breast that can be seen, felt or just felt should apply to the Breast Health Unit, which has a team of experts.
Breast ultrasonography and digital mammography are used after the examination in the Breast Health Unit. In advanced cases where it is necessary, breast tomosynthesis and breast MRI are requested.
Since breast cancer can occur, although rarely, men can also apply to the Breast Health Unit.
Thanks to the Breast Health Unit, every woman is provided with the opportunity to learn how to examine herself. It is vital for women to have a mammography examination starting from the age of 40 and repeating the mammography examination every 2 years until the age of 70 for early diagnosis.