Regular breast cancer screenings play a critical role in early detection of tumors, which often means that treatments can be less evasive and more successful. At Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, the Breast Center provides screening tests through our diagnostic imaging department, while our oncology experts provide treatment when cancer is discovered. If you’re like most women, you probably have questions about how you should approach breast cancer screening. Here are the answers to some of the most common queries that women have.
What Types of Screening Tests Are Available?
For most women, three types of breast cancer screening exams are recommended: mammograms, clinical breast exams, and breast self-exams. Mammograms are X-ray exams of the breast that allow doctors to see small tumors in early stages of development. Doctors perform clinical breast exams, often as part of an annual OBGYN visit. Self-exams are performed by you to check for lumps or changes in your breast tissue. Although this combination of tests works for many women, others may require specialized testing, such as MRIs, particularly if they have dense breast tissue.
How Often Should I Be Screened?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that women between the ages of 50 and 74 get mammograms every two years and that women between 40 and 49 follow their doctors’ advice for screening schedules. Clinical breast exams usually happen annually, and self-exams should be performed monthly. However, it’s important to develop a personalized screening schedule with your doctor, as some women need more frequent and earlier screenings because of breast cancer risk factors.
How Can I Set Up a Breast Cancer Screening?
Ask your doctor to refer you to the Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center for a mammogram. If you need help with clinical breast exams or learning to perform self-exams, call our physician referral line to be put in touch with a doctor who can help.
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