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.  Discuss with your primary care doctor or OB/GYN whether an annual mammogram is right for you.

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.
  • 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.