According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer remains the second most common cancer among women in the United States. In 2021, estimates show that there will be over 300,000 new cases, sadly resulting in over 40,000 deaths.
Breast cancer is a form of cancer that occurs when there is an abnormal growth in the breast cells. Because we can’t prevent breast cancer, early detection is the key. Annual mammograms and monthly breast exams are our best tools.
Types of Breast Cancer
- Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS)
- Invasive Breast Cancers – Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC) and Invasive Lobular Carcinoma (ILC)
- Inflammatory Breast Cancer
- Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
- Paget’s Disease
What is a Mammogram? What Should I Expect?
A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray that allows radiologists to examine breast tissue to detect abnormalities such as masses. There are two types of mammograms: screening mammograms and diagnostic mammograms. Screening mammograms are used to screen women without symptoms. Diagnostic mammograms are utilized for women who are experiencing symptoms.
During a mammogram, you will stand in front of an X-ray machine. A technologist will place your breast on a plastic plate. Another plate will lower to flatten your breast, creating an advanced X-ray for the radiologist to examine. You may experience slight discomfort, but it only lasts for a few seconds.
When Should I Get a Screening?
Schedule your breast screenings annually. Please see a doctor if you have any of the following breast symptoms: Skin dimpling, red, dry, or flaky nipple/breast skin, breast or nipple pain, breast lumps, and swelling of the breasts.
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
TPMG Imaging and Breast Center
TPMG Imaging and Breast Centers offer both 2D and 3D breast imaging technology. The type of imaging you receive depends on your individual needs. Schedule your mammogram today at one of our Imaging and Breast Centers.