Early Detection and Diagnosis

ribbonThe best way to diagnose breast cancer is to be proactive through the following 3 things:

  1. Monthly self exam. If you ever feel an abnormality or have any questions or concerns contact your physician.
  2. Annual physicals with your physician.
  3. If you are over the age of 40, routine mammography should be performed. If you have a family history of breast cancer, routine screening mammography should be initiated earlier.  As recommended by American Cancer Society.

The earlier breast cancer is found and diagnosed, the better your chances of beating it.

When dealing with breast issues there are imaging tests that are performed.
The following are some of the most commonly performed:

  • Screening mammogram (performed on patients with no current breast concerns).
  • Diagnostic mammogram (performed on patients with new concerns or issues, or follow up from previous imaging).
  • Ultrasound
  • Needle guided biopsy
  • MRI

All patients using our services need an order from a medical practitioner.  If you don’t have a physician please visit the following websites to see who can assist you further:

Wildflower Clinic at http://www.goodsamstaug.org/

Azalea Clinic at http://azahealth.org/

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