Local Doctor raises awareness about breast cancer

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Each year folk's locally and nationally spread the word on how to detect and prevent breast cancer, an illness which more than 200,000 woman will be diagnosed with in 2011.

"Those are pretty high statistics," said Hattiesburg OBGYN Dr. Andrea Carter.

Carter said early detection begins with regular self breast exams and mammogram's.

"From the ages of 20 to 30, we like to do a yearly clinical breast exam by a physician, but you should also be doing monthly self breast exams, feeling for any unusual masses or any hard spots in your breast," said Carter.

Breast cancer symptoms vary widely, from lumps to swelling, to skin changes and many breast cancers have no obvious symptoms at all.

"We recommend a baseline mammogram from the age of 35 to 39 and then we are going to start doing mammogram's every year after the age of 40."

The earlier breast cancer is found and diagnosed, the better your chances are of beating it.

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