Breast Health

Breast Health

Mammography
The Women’s Center is proud to offer digital mammography, the latest development in cancer detection. Using advanced technology that results in less radiation exposure, digital mammography can detect cancer earlier than traditional methods and is ideal for women under 50 or who have dense breast tissue.

Unlike traditional film-based mammograms, digital images can be viewed at different angles, adjusted for contrast and brightness, and magnified. These easily manipulated images aid in the early diagnosis of breast cancer and also result in fewer callback visits.

Stereotactic Biopsy
While mammography is an excellent way to detect breast abnormalities, it is not possible to tell from the imaging studies alone whether a growth is cancerous or not. That’s why we also take advantage of stereotactic, or X-ray guided, biopsy procedures.

An alternative to open surgical biopsy, this outpatient procedure requires just a single, small incision using a local anesthetic. Once the tissue specimen is removed, our pathologists can examine it and determine the nature of the growth. This procedure results in less internal scarring compared to the open surgical method.

Ultrasound
Yes, the very same technology that’s used to produce images of an expectant mother’s womb can also aid in the detection of various types of cancer. Ultrasound can be used to look for suspicious lesions in the pelvic, abdominal and vascular areas. In fact, ultrasound is often used to determine if a suspicious area is a cyst or a solid growth.

Early Detection of Breast Cancer is Key – When Should I Have a Mammogram?
The American Cancer Society (ACS) advises women age 40 and older to have a mammogram every year.  
 
Age 20-40
Clinical breast exam by a health professional every three years
Monthly breast self-exams
 
After Age 40
Mammogram and clinical breast exam by a health professional every year
Monthly breast self-exams
 
The earlier breast cancer is found, the more likely that treatment will work.  The ACS advises that early detection of breast cancer could save thousands of lives each year.  The goal is to find cancers before they begin to cause symptoms.
 
Whether you need information on how to schedule a mammogram, what to do if you find a suspicious lump, how to choose treatment options, where to find resources  or assistance understanding the sometimes confusing terminology of breast health, we can help.  Consider us if you:

  • Learn you have breast cancer
  • Have found a lump in your breast
  • Have an abnormal mammogram or biopsy
  • Have questions about breast cancer treatment
  • Have questions about breast cancer recovery
  • Want to learn breast self-examination
  • Want to know more about breast reconstruction
  • Would like lymphedema management
  • Would like support from the American Cancer Society
  • Would like to attend a cancer education program
  • Would like emotional or spiritual support during treatment or recovery
  • Would like to find a breast cancer support group
  • Need a patient advocate to help coordinate your care
  • Would like educational resources about cancer
  • Would like a risk assessment profile