Detect Breast Cancer Early
Regular mammogram screening puts you in control of your health and greatly increases the chances that breast cancer is detected early. Yearly screening mammograms are recommended for most women starting at age 40. If you have a family history of or risk factors for breast cancer, your physician may recommend you begin screening at a younger age or undergo additional tests. Our hereditary cancer experts can work with you to evaluate your breast cancer risk and recommend a plan that works for you.
Digital breast tomosynthesis is similar in appearance to traditional digital mammography. However, its camera takes multiple very low dose X-ray images which are combined by a computer to create a 3-D image of the breast. Breast tomosynthesis is now in routine use for most patients for screening and, often, for diagnostic evaluation of a questioned abnormality or lump. Studies show it is up to 40 percent more effective at detecting breast cancer than traditional digital mammography and results in up to 30 percent fewer callbacks for additional tests.
Additional high-quality 2-D or 3-D X-rays may be taken to follow up on screening mammograms. These check for breast cancer after a breast lump or symptom of breast cancer has been identified and may be followed by additional breast imaging, including breast ultrasound, breast MRI, and stereotactic biopsies.