Did you know that one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime? That’s why it’s important to begin annual mammogram screenings at age 40. Regular mammograms are essential to early detection and the fight against breast cancer. In fact, with early detection, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 100 percent.
Preventative Screening Recommendations
The American Cancer Society has developed and adopted the following guidelines for the detection of breast cancer in women without symptoms
Women 20 years and older should perform breast self-examination monthly.
Women 20-40 years should have a physical examination of their breasts every three years.
Women 35-40 years should have a baseline mammogram.
Women 40 years or over should have annual screening mammograms.
What to Expect
Your healthcare provider can help you decide whether you need a 2D or a low-dose 3D mammogram. A physician's order may, or may not, be required for a mammogram - this may vary. If additional breast imaging is necessary, breast ultrasound, breast MRI or breast biopsy services are also available. You can count on our staff to greet you in a comfortable and welcoming environment.
- 2-D digital mammography has been shown to detect significantly more cancers than film mammography, particularly in women under age 50, women who have dense breast tissue, and pre/postmenopausal women.
- Low dose 3D mammography is an more advanced, clinically proven screening and diagnostic tool for early breast cancer detection. 3D mammography equipment generates multiple low-dose images at different angles. This creates a detailed 3D image of the breast tissue, providing greater visibility for the radiologist.
- Breast ultrasounds are used to perform an image-guided overview of the breast and can help pinpoint any areas of concern or diseases that may be present.
- Breast MRI scans are typically given to patients who are genetically predisposed to breast cancer or those with a strong family or personal history. For these patients, the American Cancer Society recommends both a mammogram and an MRI annually, beginning at age 30. For patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, breast MRI gives surgeons and oncologists a clear picture of the extent of the cancer to ensure that proper treatment is delivered.
- Breast biopsies are performed to obtain a tissue sample from a suspicious area in the breast, so that the cells in the tissue can be evaluated under a microscope. The pathologist then determines what type, if any, disease is present. Fauquier Health offers ultrasound, stereotactic (X-ray) and MRI guided breast biopsies.
Talk with your doctor about your family history, areas of concern, and breast cancer risk. You could be a candidate for genetic testing. The sooner any form of breast cancer is detected, the greater the likelihood that treatment will be successful.
Schedule your mammography. Find a provider at 828.315.3391 or talk to your provider about these important tests!