BREAST CANCER SCREENING CENTER
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We believe in early diagnosis of breast cancer and timely surveillance for high risk breast cancer patients. At our Desert Medical Imaging (DMI) Center, we provide advanced imaging services, including digital mammography, breast ultrasound, breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography), and breast MRI, before performing a biopsy.
BREAST CANCER RISK CALCULATOR
PERSONALIZED SCREENING PROGRAM
Personal counseling session with experienced staff
- Discuss and offer cancer screening options
- Triage suspicious cases for advanced imaging solutions
- Assign high-risk but undiagnosed cases for active surveillance
ENPOWERED DISEASE DETECTION
Mammography is X-ray imaging of your breasts designed to detect tumors and other abnormalities. Mammography can be used either for screening or for diagnostic purposes in evaluating a breast lump.
Screening mammography is used to detect breast changes in women who have no signs or symptoms or new breast abnormalities. The goal is to detect cancer before clinical signs are noticeable.
Diagnostic mammography. Diagnostic mammography is used to investigate suspicious breast changes, such as a new breast lump, breast pain, an unusual skin appearance, nipple thickening or nipple discharge. It's also used to evaluate abnormal findings on a screening mammogram. A diagnostic mammogram includes additional mammogram images.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive imaging technology used for detection, diagnosis, and monitoring treatment. MRI generates three-dimensional images using a sophisticated technology that can excite and detect the rotational changes in protons of water molecules in living tissues.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT BEFORE A BREAST CANCER SCREENING PROCEDURE?
- Schedule the test for a time when your breasts are least likely to be tender. If you haven't gone through menopause, that's usually during the week after your menstrual period. Your breasts are most likely to be tender the week before and the week during your period.
- Don't use deodorant before your mammogram. Avoid using deodorants, antiperspirants, powders, lotions, creams or perfumes under your arms or on your breasts. Metallic particles in powders and deodorants could be visible on your mammogram and cause confusion.
- Patients can request a consultation with one of our expert clinicians to address questions and uncertainties around the procedure.
- Prior to the procedure, they are also provided access to completing the breast cancer risk calculation.
HOW DO I DECIDE IF BREAST MRI IS A GOOD OPTION FOR ME?
- Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is recommended for supplemental annual screening in women of any breast density who are at high risk for breast cancer (1).
- Breast MRI may be a good option for you if you have dense breast.If MRI is performed, screening ultrasound is of no benefit. Not all women can tolerate MRI, due to claustrophobia, most pacemakers, other metallic implants, or gadolinium allergy.
- Cost, patient tolerance, and accessibility are major detriments to using breast MRI to screen women with the sole indication of dense breast tissue.
DO YOU OFFER FREE HEALTH CONSULTATIONS?
- Yes, our health experts are available to provide free consultation and answer your questions prior to the procedures.
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WHAT ARE THE FACTORS CAUSE HIGHER BREAST CANCER RISK?
- Age: As with many other diseases, your risk of breast cancer goes up as you get older.
- Family History: Women with close relatives who've been diagnosed with breast cancer have a higher risk of developing the disease. If you've had one first-degree female relative (sister, mother, daughter) diagnosed with breast cancer, your risk is doubled.
- Genetics: About 5% to 10% of breast cancers are thought to be hereditary, caused by abnormal genes passed from parent to child.
- Personal History of Breast Cancer: If you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, you're 3 to 4 times more likely to develop a new cancer in the other breast or a different part of the same breast.
- Radiation to Chest or Face Before Age 30: If you had radiation to the chest to treat another cancer (not breast cancer), such as Hodgkin's disease or non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, you have a higher-than-average risk of breast cancer. If you had radiation to the face at an adolescent to treat acne (something that’s no longer done), you are at higher risk of developing breast cancer later in life.
- If you've been diagnosed with certain benign (not cancer) breast conditions, you may have a higher risk of breast cancer. There are several types of benign breast conditions that affect breast cancer risk
- Pregnancy History: Women who haven’t had a full-term pregnancy or have their first child after age 30 have a higher risk of breast cancer compared to women who gave birth before age 30.
- Breastfeeding History: Breastfeeding can lower breast cancer risk, especially if a woman breastfeeds for longer than 1 year.
- Menstrual History: Women who started menstruating (having periods) younger than age 12 have a higher risk of breast cancer later in life. The same is true for women who go through menopause when they're older than 55.
- Using HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy): Current or recent past users of HRT have a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. Since 2002 when research linked HRT and risk, the number of women taking HRT has dropped dramatically.
- Dense Breasts: Research has shown that dense breasts can be twice as likely to develop cancer as nondense breasts and can make it harder for mammograms to detect breast cancer.
- Saslow D, Boetes C, Burke W, et al. American Cancer Society Guidelines for Breast Screening with MRI as an Adjunct to Mammography. CA Cancer J Clin 2007;57(2):75-89.
- Sprague BL, Gangnon RE, Burt V, et al. Prevalence of mammographically dense breasts in the United States. J Natl Cancer Inst 2014;106(10):10.1093/jnci/dju255. Print 2014 Oct.