For many women, breast health includes concerns about breast lumps, breast pain or nipple discharge. Among younger women, common breast problems include breast pain, cysts, lumps, and small bumps. For older women, the concern is more likely breast cancer. Each year, about 300,000 American women are diagnosed with some form of breast cancer, and about 40,000 die of it.

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Understanding your Mammogram

Every two minutes in the United States, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. It is the most common cancer in women other than skin cancer. The good news is that since about 1990, the chances of...

Advancements In Mammography

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so it is a good time to be reminded that breast cancer is the most common cancer women will face in their lifetimes (except for skin cancer).  Although it is...

Self Awareness Tips for Breast Cancer Exams

Breast cancer has been found to affect an estimated 1 in 8 women in the United States. While this number seems high, breast cancer survival has also been on the rise. Survival rates are climbing not...

Breast Cancer Stats and Facts

Every October, the color pink seemingly takes over the nation, as Breast Cancer Awareness Month hits its stride. But behind the hue is a comprehensive databank of statistics and facts detailing the...

3D Mammography Offers Improved Imaging

A new device in LVMC’s Diagnostic Imaging Department offers patients access to three-dimensional imaging technology for mammograms. The GE SenoClaire breast tomosynthesis machine provides improved...

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Breast Exam / Mammogram

A breast exam may be performed during your office visit and a mammogram may be recommended depending on your age. American College of Gynecology (ACOG) releases guidelines every year on mammogram and Pap smear recommendations. Depending on your family history, breast exam, last year’s mammogram results and your comfort level, the frequency of the mammogram will be determined during your wellness visit. We try to balance limiting radiation to the patient versus detecting early cancers.

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Breast Cancer

For women, breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1990, and these decreases are believed to be the result, in part, of earlier detection and improved treatment.

Mammography plays a central part in early detection of breast cancers because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. Current guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) recommend screening mammography every year for women, beginning at age 40. (