Finding a breast lump or otherwise suspecting you have a breast problem is a frightening experience. You worry that it may be cancer, and you wonder what will happen if it is.
The Undiagnosed Breast Clinic helps women who:
- Have found a lump
- Have had an abnormal mammogram or breast ultrasound
- Seek a second opinion about a lump or other abnormality
- Have symptoms concerning for inflammatory breast cancer (swollen red breast, often but not always with an inverted nipple)
The Center also provides regular screening mammograms and clinical breast exams, which are recommended annually for all women over age 40.
Helpful Information For Your Clinician
If you've never had a mammogram at MD Anderson, please make every effort to bring your original mammogram films from other facilities. This will help MD Anderson physicians confirm your internal breast anatomy, giving them a better point of reference if any abnormalities are present.
If you've had an abnormal mammogram, breast ultrasound study or biopsy, or have had these done elsewhere to evaluate a problem, providing the results to your MD Anderson clinician will facilitate an accurate diagnosis. You may have these reports faxed to the Cancer Prevention Center prior to your visit. When you come in for your visit, if possible, please bring any prior original mammogram films, ultrasound or biopsy slides.
If you think you may have skin cancer or are at risk, preventive skin cancer screening is your best defense.
People with fair complexions, those who have had several blistering sunburns, individuals with a family history of skin cancer and those who have been exposed to coal tar, pitch, arsenic compounds, creosote, or radium are at risk and should be screened.
It's important to pay attention to changes in your skin and see a doctor if you notice a change in the size or color of a mole or freckle; a new mole or lesion; or an area of scaliness, itching, bleeding, tenderness, or pain.
If you desire skin cancer screening, a head-to-toe skin evaluation can be scheduled. If a problem exists, a specific evaluation can be performed. If a skin biopsy is needed, it can be handled immediately. A head-to-toe screening is recommended annually for adults.
The clinic also provides education on reducing the risk of skin cancer and how to avoid a second occurrence.
It's easy to dismiss the first signs of gynecologic cancer. These early symptoms often may appear as pain in the pelvic area or as menstrual irregularities. But a diagnostic evaluation can determine whether these symptoms are actually an early sign of cancer.
Some gynecologic cancers, especially ovarian cancer, tend to run in families. If your mother, sister or daughter has been diagnosed with certain types of cancer, this may place you at an increased risk for developing the disease. Participating in screening and early detection examinations annually, a recommendation for all adults, is your best bet against cancer.
The Undiagnosed Gynecology Clinic helps women with:
- Evaluation of abnormal Pap tests
- Bleeding not related to menstrual periods
- Chronic bloating
If you experience any of these symptoms, or if your annual well-woman exam indicates the need for further evaluation, we can perform additional tests or determine if treatment may be needed.
The clinic also provides screening exams for women without any symptoms, including Pap tests and pelvic examinations, which are recommended annually for all women over age 18.
Tobacco-cessation services are available at no cost to MD Anderson cancer patients through our Tobacco Treatment Program. Patients who are current tobacco users or recent quitters (within the past 12 months) can benefit from in-person behavioral counseling and several tobacco-cessation medication treatments, as an alternatives to tobacco use.
ASPIRE is an self-paced online learning tool that equips you with skills to help you quit smoking and continue on the path to good health. Resources are available in English and Spanish for students, parents and administrators.