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Screening & Detection

Early detection with regular mammography, clinical breast examinations and self-exams are boosting breast cancer survival rates. These screening tools can detect breast cancer at an early stage when it's most curable.

Signs of breast cancer include:

  • A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area
  • A change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Spontaneous nipple discharge or tenderness
  • An inverted nipple
  • Ridges or pitting on the breast (resembling an orange peel)
  • A change in the look or feel of the breast, areola or nipple (such as temperature, swelling, redness or a scaly feel)

A woman who has any of these symptoms should consult her physician immediately. Early detection is the best protection.

The American Cancer Society recommends:

  • Monthly breast self-exams for women age 20 and older
  • Clinical breast exams every three years for women ages 20-39
  • Screening mammograms and clinical breast exams every year for women 40 and older or beginning 10 years younger than a first-degree relative (mother or sister) developed breast cancer. (If your mother developed breast cancer at 40, start having mammography at 30.)
  • Some women (less than 2 percent) should be screened with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in addition to mammography. This is recommended when there is a family history of breast cancer, a genetic tendency or highly calculated lifetime risk factors.
  • Women who received mantle radiation for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma or who have biopsy-proven high risk breast lesions should begin annual mammography at an earlier age.

Learn more about Diagnostic Mammograms and how to make an appointment

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Monday to Friday 8 am - 8:40 pm

Saturday 8 am - 11:40 am

Women can schedule a screening mammogram during any of these hours.

Diagnostic mammograms are only available Monday to Friday.

Patients are referred to the Breast Center by their gynecologist or primary care physicians.