Local doctor talks about importance of early screenings for breast cancer

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SALISBURY, Md. – Friday kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time dedicated to bringing more attention to the disease and how you can take care of yourself.

Dr. Karen Barbosa with TidalHealth says early detection and screening is key. When the cancer is caught early, that in turn means treatment can start earlier as well. She says many people may be scared of being screened, but wants people to know that while some people may experience discomfort, it doesn’t last long, and the benefits outweigh the discomfort.

She also says during the pandemic specifically, there are things people should know about scheduling their mammograms.

“The trouble with the vaccination is it can cause swelling of a lymph node, so we recommend a mammogram screening before they’re vaccinated, or 4-6 weeks after their second dose,” Dr. Barbosa says.

She added that there are a lot of trusted resources online for information on breast cancer, but she recommends three websites in particular. Those are breast360.org, breastcancer.org, and the American Cancer Society.

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