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The Greatest Gift: Mother’s Day

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As a mom, you typically take care of everyone else in the family first. But to continue to play the role of caretaker for years to come, you have to look after yourself, too. In honor of Mother’s Day, give yourself the gift of food health and take the time to schedule these important screenings.

Make time for yourself—and your health—this Mother’s Day.

Don’t delay. Screenings are intended to look for cancer in people who have no symptoms.

“Don’t wait for a symptom to come up to get your annual screening mammogram,” says Joseph Spigel, MD, a radiologist on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.

“If you’re coming in only because you have symptoms, you’re waiting too long.”

On the other hand, if you notice any change in your breasts, you should see your doctor right away about possibly scheduling a diagnostic mammogram, rather than waiting until your next scheduled screening.

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These changes include:

  • A lump
  • Skin changes
  • Nipple retraction
  • Nipple discharge

“These changes can be caused by both benign and malignant conditions,” explains Dr. Spigel.

“Come in and let us put your mind at ease.”

If further testing or treatment is required, the sooner you find out, the better your chances are for a successful outcome.

Matter-of-fact, why don’t you schedule an appointment now? To make an appointment for a test or screening, call 1.800.4BAYLOR or ask your local physician.

This content originally appeared in the May 2013 edition of Baylor Health Magazine.

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The Greatest Gift: Mother’s Day