Screening mammograms save lives.
Screening tests are used for the early and accurate detection of breast cancer in asymptomatic women. When diagnosed in its initial stages, breast cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer. Therefore, it is important for a woman to be screened regularly in the manner and frequency recommended by her clinical care provider.
The breast cancer screening tests most commonly used include:
- Mammogram – The current gold standard in breast cancer screening. A mammogram consists of images of the breast acquired with low-dose breast X-rays and interpreted by a radiologist. A typical screening mammogram consists of two X-ray images of each breast from two different angles- top to bottom and side to side. Screening mammography is a very effective cancer-screening tool.
- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) – This type of mammogram takes multiple images of the breasts from many angles and is sometimes called "three dimensional (3D)." Tomosynthesis improves breast cancer detection.
- Breast MRI- instead of X-rays– A large magnet is used to produce detailed images of the breasts. When a breast MRI is added to mammography, more early cancers are found.
Regular screening is vital because it can help detect cancer before a lump may be noticeable. Clinical breast exam is a physical examination of the breasts and underarm area performed by a healthcare provider to detect lumps, masses or anything unusual. It is also still important for women to perform monthly self-exams. Self-exams help women become familiar with how their breasts normally look and feel. Any lumps or physical changes can then be brought to the attention of a health care professional.
A full range of the latest breast cancer screening techniques is available at Moffitt Cancer Center. Our screening services are complemented by diagnostic test services, advice, treatment and support from a multispecialty group of experts who are experienced in all aspects of cancer care.
If you would like to request an appointment for any type of breast cancer screening at Moffitt, you may need to obtain a referral. Please contact us at 1-888-663-3488 to get started.