The ETMC Breast Care Center offers breast imaging, stereotactic and ultrasound-guided biopsy, a mobile mammography unit, bone-density testing, clinical trials, support services and wellness programs.
The center focuses on prospective treatment planning for breast cancer patients. This means that a team of physicians, representing medical and radiation oncology, surgery, radiology and other disciplines reviews each case and structures an individualized treatment program to best meet each woman’s needs.
What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is a specific type of breast exam used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women. This quick medical exam uses a noninvasive X-ray targeted to each breast, producing pictures that your doctor can use to identify and treat any abnormal areas, possibly indicating the presence of cancer.
Why are mammograms important?
Annual mammograms can detect cancer early — when it is most treatable. In fact, mammograms show changes in the breast up to two years before you or your physician can feel them. Current guidelines from the American College of Radiology, the American Cancer Society, and the Society for Breast Imaging recommend that women receive annual screening mammograms starting at age 40 — even if they have no symptoms or family history of breast cancer.
Early detection tips
- Perform monthly breast self exam starting at age 20.
- Begin clinical breast exams every three years beginning at age 20 and annually after age 30.
- Become familiar with the normal look and feel of your breasts and see your doctor if change occurs.
- Have a baseline mammogram at age 35 to 40.
- Annual mammograms beginning at age 40.