Mammograms save lives. Screening mammograms allow radiologists to find abnormalities even before they can be felt during a physical exam. When detected early, breast cancer has a 95% cure rate.
The American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society for Breast Imaging recommend an annual screening mammogram beginning at age 40, for women with an average risk of breast cancer. Women with a family history may need to start mammography sooner and/or include supplemental imaging in their screening plan.
National Cancer Network: Breast cancer risk assessments at 25, mammos at 40 for normal-risk women. Read More
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A Guide to Understanding Breast Biopsy Results
A breast biopsy may be ordered when a mammogram or another imaging test detects something out of the ordinary that would benefit from further exploration. Please keep in mind that while most biopsy results do not indicate the presence of cancer, a few will require follow-up treatment. The download below explains some of the terms that may be used in your biopsy results, to tell you what has been found in your breast.
Download the Society of Breast Imaging Guide to Breast Biopsy Results.
Dense Breast Tissue
Dense breast tissue is made up of glands and fibrous tissue and is an independent risk factor in and of itself for breast cancer. Fortunately, there are new technologies, such as contrast-enhanced mammography, breast MRI, and automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) that allow us to customize breast imaging according to the patient’s breast density so that cancer can be identified in its earliest, most treatable stage.