Mammography

State-of-the-Art Breast Cancer Screenings

Mammography is the best tool modern medicine has to detect tumors and irregularities in the breast. These are painless exams that do not require any injections or blood samples. A mammogram is similar to an x-ray in that it captures images of the body’s internal structures – specifically the breasts. Breast tissue can develop tumors and other irregularities that can remain hidden from the human eye for years, but a mammogram can detect them in the early stages of their development. This is why it is important to discuss your breast cancer risk factors with your primary care provider and discuss how often you should receive mammograms.

Genius™ 3D Mammography™

The latest in 3D mammography technology provides more accurate breast cancer screenings for dense and non-dense breasts. A Genius™ 3D exam allows the doctor to view each layer of the breast like the pages of a book with fine details more visible and no longer hidden by tissue above or below. Based on the American College of Radiology guidelines, mammograms are recommended annually for:

  1. Asymptomatic women age 40 and older who are at average risk for breast cancer.
  2. Asymptomatic women under age 40 who are at increased risk for breast cancer.
    • Woman with known mutation or genetic syndrome with increased breast cancer risk: yearly starting by age 30, but not before age 25
    • Untested woman with a first-degree relative with known BRCA mutation: yearly starting by age 30, but not before age 25
    • Woman with a 20% or greater lifetime risk for breast cancer based on breast cancer risk models: yearly starting by age 30, but not before age 25, or 10 years earlier than the age at which the youngest first-degree relative was diagnosed, whichever is later
    • Woman with a history of chest (mantle) radiation received between the ages of 10 and 30: yearly starting 8 years after the radiation therapy, but not before age 25
    • Woman with biopsy-proven lobular neoplasia, atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH), ductal carcinoma, yearly
    • In-situ (DCIS), invasive breast cancer, or ovarian cancer: yearly from time of diagnosis, regardless of age

3. There is no defined upper age limit at which mammography may not be beneficial. Screening with mammography should be considered as long as the patient is in good health and is willing to undergo additional testing, including biopsy if an abnormality is detected.

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