Early detection of breast cancer provides you with the best chances of beating it. At IU Health Cancer Centers you have access to the latest imaging options. Genetic testing, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast, 3D mammograms and Automated Breast Ultrasound Systems (ABUS) all assist our specialized team in identifying breast cancer in the early stages. We recommend women receive one mammogram annually starting at the age of 40.
A mammogram is a screening tool that detects tumors in an effort to discover breast cancer in early stages.
Three-dimensional mammography, or digital breast tomosynthesis, is one of the latest advancements in breast cancer screening at IU Health. This type of screening compiles a series of images into a 3D mammogram, which allows our highly skilled radiologists to examine the breast tissue one layer at a time. This method is 41% more effective at detecting invasive breast cancer.
Physicians recommend annual mammograms for women beginning at the age of 40. Women with family history of breast cancer should consult their doctors to see if they should begin screening sooner.
An IU Health radiologist determines the density of a woman’s breast tissue by looking at her mammogram. Notes on the density of your breast tissue are often found on your mammography report. If you do have dense breast tissue, your physician may suggest a 3D mammogram.
The Invenia™ Automated Breast Ultrasound System by GE is the latest in technological advancement for breast screenings. As the only health system in the state of Indiana offering this service, ABUS is a FDA-approved screening technology for women with dense breast tissue. Over 40% of women have dense breast tissue or extremely dense breasts. ABUS provides 3D ultrasound images of the whole breast, giving our highly skilled physicians a clearer look at all the breast tissue and a better chance at detecting cancers that may be hidden in dense tissue on a mammogram.
A biopsy is the removal and sampling of breast tissue to determine the presence, cause, or stage of the cancer.
The type of biopsy you receive depends on the location, size, and number of tumors. The two main types for breast are needle biopsies and surgical biopsies. With a needle biopsy, the cells are removed through a needle; this can be a core needle biopsy or a fine needle biopsy.
The process of a biopsy should not be painful; most use local or general anesthesia. Sometimes women may have some bruising afterwards.
If you have a strong family history of breast cancer, we are here to help. Dr. Anna-Maria Storniolo, professor of clinical medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine and director of the Catherine Peachey Breast Cancer Prevention Program at IU Health Simon Cancer Center, describes the innovative program that develops individualized surveillance plans to help manage each woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.
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