Breast and Ovarian Cancer Screening in Dubai
If you have observed multiple cases of Breast and Ovarian Cancer in your family then there is the possibility of the existence of HBOC (Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome).
When should you get a screening?
If your family has any of these situations then there is the possibility of increased chances of HBOC in your family. Have a look at these conditions!
- One or more women are diagnosed with cancer at the age of 45 or younger.
- One or more women have got the diagnosis of breast cancer at the age of 50 or younger along with having the family history of pancreatic cancer, melanoma, and prostate cancer.
- Any of your male relatives are diagnosed with breast cancer.
- You have the family history of pancreatic, ovarian, or breast cancer on the same side of your family.
- Any of the women in your family was diagnosed with having a double attack of the breast or ovarian cancer or she has both ovarian and breast cancer.
- Your family has a history of male breast, ovarian, pancreatic, or women breast cancer.
- You have ovarian or breast cancers in different generations of your family, for example, both aunt and the grandmother from your mother’s side are diagnosed with any of these cancers.
It is recommended to get some preoperative measures before any test or the procedure. However, when it comes to breast and ovarian cancer screening, you don’t need to perform any special steps. If any specific care is required, then your doctor will let you know in the initial consultation session.
The procedure of the test is based on the test. Our expert practitioner will let you know the specific aspects of the procedure in the consultation session. Furthermore, they will brief you the procedure before initiating it. Further, if you want to know anything, then you may ask anytime by contacting us.
The aftercare aspects also depend on the procedure that was performed, your health, and other important considerations. Also, it depends on the diagnoses, if you are diagnosed with any specific issue then our doctor will provide you the appointment for next visit, and also may prescribe you some medications.
What are the screening options for HBOC?
Screening is essential so that a health issue can be controlled even before the onset. Different tests are performed in this process to find if any specific kind of symptoms or signs is appeared. Every individual is different, so if you have noticed any of the symptoms then you need to talk to your doctor and ask him to administer a screening test to ensure the problem. As you know, the ratio of breast cancer is high in women but it may also occur in men. The screening tests for both genders are different.
Screening for women with a BRCA1or BRCA2 gene transformation
- You should get the screening tests on the monthly basis. You may start the self-examination from the age of 18 years.
- When you become 25 years old, start to get MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) for once in a year.
- Once you reach at 30 years of your age, then go for mammograms once in every 6 months. It can be used as an alternative to the MRI.
- The clinical examination for breast cancer starts between the age of 25 to 30 years and it needs to be done by a health practitioner for almost 2 times in a year.
- At the age of 40, when the child bearing is completed then you should get the prophylactic salpingo-oophorectomy.
- Also, you need to get a blood test (CA-125) for once in every 6 months and trans-vaginal ultrasound along with a color Doppler. This test should be started at 30 years.
Screening for men with a BRCA1or BRCA2 gene transformation
- We have separate criteria of screening for men as they are different from women.
- If you are a male, you should start the self-examination when you reach at the age of 30 years.
- At the age of 30, you should also start to get a clinical
- If you have gynecomastia (swelling of the breast tissues), then you should get a mammogram when you reach at the age of 35 years.
- When you reach at the age of 40 years, you should get the PSA blood test and prostate cancer screening for once in a year.
With the development of new technologies, the screening options can be changed. It is recommended to discuss your problems with your doctor and also which screening tests are best fit for you.
Important Questions To Ask
When you visit a health practitioner, then you should ask him some specific questions. You need to clear your queries before going to get any kind of procedure.
Following are some of the questions that you may ask.
- What preventive acts I can make in order to reduce the risk of cancer?
- What are the choices for cancer screening?
- What is the risk of ovarian and breast cancers?
- Should I deliberate genetic testing?
- Does my family history play its role in increasing my risk to develop ovarian or breast cancer?
Breast & Ovarian Cancer FAQ’s
Can you have breast and ovarian cancer at the same time?
Yes, you can have breast cancer and ovarian cancer at the same time. Breast cancer is very common and it usually precedes the ovarian cancer. If both of them occur at the same time, then their diagnosis becomes a challenge. Women of age between 15-39 are at highest risk of having ovarian cancer after breast cancer.
Is there a screening for ovarian cancer?
There is no single procedure till date that can diagnose ovarian cancer all by itself. A couple of tests cab help diagnose this type of cancer. CA-125 blood and transvaginal ultrasound (TVUS) along with a pelvic exam are used to diagnose ovarian cancer.
When should you be screened for ovarian cancer?
It is highly recommended that you should be screened once in between age 30-35. The screening should also be done 7-8 years earlier from, when one of your family members was diagnosed with this cancer. The screening mostly includes an ultrasound which is followed by a CA-125 blood test.
Does a Pap smear rule out ovarian cancer?
Pap smear cannot check for ovarian cancer as it’s only useful in diagnosing cervical cancer. There is no reliable process to diagnose any gynecologic cancer other than cervical cancer.
What was your first symptom of ovarian cancer?
The symptoms and warning signs of ovarian cancer are very similar to many common types of illnesses. Common early symptoms include pelvic pressure, pelvic pain, abdominal bloating and the feeling of abdominal fullness after eating.
Schedule A Consultation
According to healthcare practitioners and experts, you need to schedule a consultation with your doctor before making your decision. In the initial consultation, our doctor will get your medical history, know your presenting complains, assess the causes, and let you know about future aspects. If you have any symptoms of cancer then he will ask you for Breast and Ovarian cancer screening so that further steps can be made. What are you waiting for??? All of our doctors are board –certified and they know how to deal with every patient effectively to meet his individual requirements. We have made it quite easy for you to book your session. Simply, fill the following form and one of our team members will get back to you in a short period of time. Go ahead and book your appointment now!