MRI’s Being Used For Postpartum Breast Cancer
After giving birth, a mother’s last concern is breast cancer. Unfortunately, pregnancy can cause a particularly deadly breast cancer. While many women are unaware of postpartum breast cancer, MRI’s have shown to be an important imaging test when catching this rare but aggressive cancer.
All You Need To Know About Postpartum Breast Cancer
While gestational diabetes and postpartum depression are often common for new and expecting mothers, postpartum breast cancer is less known because of its rarity. Pregnancy-associated breast cancer, or PABC, is a phenomenon that results in the diagnosis of breast cancer during pregnancy or up to 5 years after giving birth.
Postpartum breast cancer affects almost half of the women under age 45 who develop breast cancer and has a staggering mortality rate. Women diagnosed with breast cancer post childbirth were three times more likely to die. Studies relating pregnancy and breast cancer show that women over the age of 30 slightly raises a woman’s risk of developing the disease for about a decade after giving birth.
MRI’s and Catching Postpartum Breast Cancer
MRI has been responsible for detecting 98% of postpartum breast cancer cases. Since breast cancers caused by pregnancy can be aggressive, breast MRI’s have been the imaging tool of choice for managing postpartum breast cancer. MRI has proven to be effective when managing aggressive cancers and planning out operations according to this breast MRI study:
"Preoperative planning is especially important for patients with pregnancy-associated breast cancer because of the often aggressive nature of these cancers," the study said. "In contrast to the previous assumption that breast MRI would be of limited utility in this population, we found that it showed a pathologically proven larger tumor size or greater extent of disease in 23% of patients."
If you think you’re at risk for breast cancer, breast MRI is the best for managing your cancer and fighting the disease. With breast cancer awareness month right around the corner, learning about this rare but dangerous breast cancer is of utmost importance. Our center specializes in Open MRI, which ensures that our patients receive the best quality imaging experience.