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Question from Teddy-2: I had diagnosis of stage I, followed by lumpectomy and radiation and am now on Femara. What is the recommendation for follow-up screening for recurrence?
Answers - Lynn Hartmann Generally, a physician or nurse practitioner exam every six months for five years, including annual mammography for both her affected breast and her other breast. There are different schools of thought about how aggressively to pursue tests or markers in this setting. Most studies do not show a benefit with aggressive testing.

If there is a problem, generally the patient has symptoms that direct us to the source of the problem. Multiple tests in this setting, like bone scans or CT (computerized axial tomography) scans, can turn up false positive results that lead to anxiety and no benefit.

This Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Risk Reduction featured Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Lynn Hartmann answering your questions about breast cancer risk factors and ways to lower your risk.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2006.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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