Routine invasive ductal carcinoma screening can sometimes detect breast cancer in individuals who have not noticed any symptoms. Breast cancer is very treatable, and an early diagnosis can increase the likelihood of a positive outcome. In general, screening at physician-recommended intervals is important for all women, regardless of their risk level, and for men who have been identified as having a high risk of developing breast cancer.
Invasive ductal carcinoma sometimes forms hard, immovable lumps with irregular edges that can be found through a variety of screening tests, such as:
- Clinical breast examination – An experienced health care professional carefully feels a patient’s breast and underarm area and visually checks for possible lumps and other abnormalities.
- Mammography – X-rays are used to create images of a breast (mammograms), which a trained radiologist can study for signs of cancer.
- Full-breast tomosynthesis – Multiple three-dimensional mammograms are taken from several angles.
- Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – After a contrast agent is administered intravenously, magnetic fields are used to create detailed images of a breast.
- Automated breast ultrasound system (ABUS) – Sound waves are used to produce multiple images that can be studied along with mammograms.
In addition to regular screening, breast self-awareness can empower you to take action when necessary and make well-informed health care decisions. This includes learning your risk level, becoming familiar with your breasts and what is normal for you and making positive lifestyle choices, such as exercising regularly, limiting alcohol intake and maintaining a healthy body weight.
Moffitt Cancer Center’s Approach to Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Screening
The Don & Erika Wallace Comprehensive Breast Program at Moffitt Cancer Center offers a complete range of breast cancer screening techniques, including the very latest options. In one location, our patients have access to a multispecialty group of experts who oversee breast cancer screening, as well as all aspects of diagnosis, support and treatment, including promising new therapies available only through clinical trials.
If you’re concerned about a change in the look or feel of one of your breasts or would like to learn more about invasive ductal carcinoma screening and diagnosis, the experts at Moffitt can help. Call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online. No referrals are required.