Breast Cancer Screening and Risk Reduction
98 percent of breast cancer patients survive the disease when diagnosed early. 85 percent of breast cancers occur in women with no family history.
Beginning at the age of 40, women should talk to their doctor about when to start screening mammograms.
It is important to understand breast density, the associated risks and how it can affect the detection of cancer in mammography screenings. Watch this video to learn more.
Need to get screened for breast cancer?
For women who aren’t having any breast cancer symptoms, we offer a screening mammogram, an X-ray test of the breasts (mammary glands) used to screen for breast problems, such as a lump, and whether a lump is fluid-filled (a cyst) or a solid mass.
The goal of this procedure is early detection. Due to the increase in women getting screening mammograms, more and more breast cancers are being caught at the earliest, most treatable stages. If you’re scheduled for a screening mammogram but develop a symptom, please let the technologist know before the start of your exam.
Digital breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, detects 41% more invasive breast cancers and reduces false positives (false alarms) by up to 40%.
With tomosynthesis, an X-ray beam sweeps through the breast in a slight arc and takes pictures of multiple “slices” of breast tissues. A radiologist then looks through the series of images. Digital tomosynthesis allows the detection of small abnormalities that may be hidden by normal breast tissue. It also allows the radiologist to tell the difference between a clump of normal tissue and a true mass.
Doctors agree that early detection is the best defense against breast cancer. Successful treatment and survival rates for breast cancer are dramatically affected by early detection of breast cancer. If breast cancer is found early, before it has spread to lymph nodes, the five-year survival rate is almost 100%.
We understand there are many different screening recommendations. This can be confusing. If you are at average risk for breast cancer, talk with your health care provider to determine what‘s best for you.
- Gender – Being a woman is the #1 risk factor, but men get breast cancer too.
- Age – Incidence increases with age
- Family – Risk nearly doubles in women with a first-degree relative (mother/sister/daughter) with breast cancer.
- Ethnicity – Leading cause of cancer death for Hispanic women. More common in African American women under age 45
- Genetics – 5-10% of breast cancers are caused by inherited genetic mutations in genes like BRCA1 and BRCA2