She may be a gynecologist, but Dr. Lillian Schapiro
also knows what it's like to be on the other side of the exam room. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and knows the emotional and physical battle waged by doctor and patient.
In order to detect breast cancer early, Dr. Schapiro is sharing her tips on how to stay proactive:
- Take a family history test on www.hereditarycancerquiz.com
- See your gynecologist every year! Don't skip those annual appointments.
- Make sure you talk to your parents and siblings about family cancers, even if it's an uncomfortable topic. You need to know how everyone died and what cancers struck and at what ages.
- Know your risk level-- breast cancer at 32 is very different from breast cancer at 82.
- Bring notes or a family tree of cancers with ages when you visit your doctor to map out what you're at risk for
- Don't leave anything out! Let your doctor know of your family history and what tests or screenings you may need