Breast Cancer Screenings
Screening for breast cancer is done with a mammogram, which is a special type of X-ray of the breast tissue. The recommendation for when to start screening with regular mammograms is based on a woman’s age, risk factors, and personal preference.
The Importance of Breast Cancer Screening
When to Get Screened
Questions to ask your doctor about screening:
- Which screening tests are right for me?
- What are the benefits of screening?
- Do I have a higher risk for cancer?
- Additional questions about breast cancer.
Further evaluation of potential breast cancer can be done with follow-up tests. Ultrasound may be used to better evaluate an abnormality. A biopsy may be done to test the tissue for cancer cells.
Tests for Breast Cancer
There are different diagnostic tools for diagnosing and evaluating breast cancer:
- Mammograms are the standard care for early breast cancer detection. They are the best tool for finding breast cancer early. Early breast cancer detection is key to breast cancer treatment.
- Digital Breast Tomography or 3D Mammography
- Breast Ultrasound is often used as a follow-up test after an abnormal mammogram or when a lump has been found.
- Breast Biopsy is a test that takes samples of tissue and studies them for cancer cells. Biopsies provide a definite diagnosis. Breast biopsies are done as recommended by a breast radiologist as a follow-up to abnormal imaging.