Friday, April 24, 2009

HALO - Early Breast Cancer Detection

I wanted to share a little information that I learned today at my latest GYN appointment. There is a new test that is out there for the early detection of breast cancer, it is so new that insurance companies are still not paying for it, although it is FDA approved for women 25 years and older.

The HALO Breast Pap Test is a five minute, noninvasive test that detects abnormal cells in the milk ducts, where 95% of all breast cancers originate. The test can detect pre-cancerous changes in the breast seven to ten years BEFORE the cancer is seen on a mammgram. Mammograms show breast cancers after they have been present in the breast 3-5 years! Pre-cancerous changes that are detected can then be followed with more aggressive prevention therapies and screening tests.

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  • Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women ages 35 to 50
  • 250,000 U.S. women living with breast cancer are under the age of 40
  • 70% of women diagnosed have no identifiable risk factors
  • 8 out of 9 diagnosed women have no family history of the disease
  • When found early enough, the five-year survival rate is nearly 100%
My doctor's office is charging $100.00 and recommends the test be done annually although they did mention that it does not replace a traditional mammography. They also consider this test to be on the cutting edge of early breast cancer risk assessment and prevention.

I made my appointment for May - it is never to early to save your life!

If you would like more information, please check out NeoMatrix's website http://www.paptestforthebreast.com/

1 comment:

lara said...

I never heard of this test. I'm going to look into!

thanks!