Clinical breast exams and mammograms save many lives every year. While screenings are not recommended for all women, it is recommended that all women at least have conversations with their physician about screening at certain intervals. These exams can be done at Jordan Valley Cancer Center. Some OB-GYN offices may offer mammograms, as well.
Clinical Breast Exams
A clinical breast exam is a visual check of the breast tissue and skin. Providers may look for differences in shape and size of the breasts, as well as any signs of irritation on the skin, such as rash or dimpling. Next, the pads of the fingers may be used to check for lumps. Not all lumps are cancerous. Benign cysts in the breasts are not uncommon; however, further diagnostic testing may be recommended in order to rule out breast cancer.
Mammograms can be highly effective in identifying early stage breast cancer and tracking the spread or changes in a known breast lump. During a mammogram, which is a type of x-ray, a small amount of radiation is emitted toward the breast to create an image of the tissue. Standard mammogram recommendations are as follows. (However, you should talk to your physician about whether or not a screening mammogram is appropriate for you.)
- Annual screenings for women ages 45-54. Some women may choose to start at age 40.
- At age 55, some women may choose to screen just once every two years.
- High-risk women under the age of 40 should discuss having a mammogram with their physician, as well as an appropriate screening schedule.
Jordan Valley Medical Center is proud to now provide 3D mammography. This advanced procedure offers more accuracy and is administered by certified mammography technologists and interpreted by fellowship-trained breast radiologists. Please check with your insurance provider regarding your healthcare coverage of 3D mammography.
Who Should Get a 3D Mammogram?
A yearly mammogram is recommended for all women over the age of 40. If you have any of the following risk factors, we recommend a 3D mammogram:
• Prior history of breast cancer
• High risk of breast cancer
• Dense breast tissue
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Breast Cancer Center at Jordan Valley Medical Center
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Breast MRI may be recommended for women with a higher risk of breast cancer. Unlike a mammogram, which uses x-ray technology, a breast MRI (which stands for “magnetic resonance imaging”) uses high-powered magnets and radio waves to create an image of the breast tissue. A contrast dye may be injected into the body to help highlight the breast tissue and potential tumors. Breast MRI may be helpful for detecting tumors in younger women with denser breasts, as the magnetic waves are not impeded by fibrous connective tissue in the same way that x-rays are. Talk to your physician about whether or not you are an appropriate candidate for breast MRI.
Clinical Breast Exams & Mammograms in West Jordan, UT
For more information about scheduling clinical breast exams and mammograms at Jordan Valley Cancer Center – Breast Care Center, please contact us by calling 801-617-1919 or 801-601-2399.