When it comes to preventing breast cancer, the best defense is early detection. We ensure patients receive the most advanced care available to diagnose and treat cancer at its earliest and most curable stages.
An annual mammogram is one of the most effective ways to screen for breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends women age 40 and older have a screening mammogram and clinical breast exam every year.
MAMMOGRAMS SAVE LIVES
3D mammography (also known as breast tomosynthesis) has shown promise as a major advance over digital mammography, with higher cancer detection rates and fewer patients needing to be recalled for additional testing. While breast tomosynthesis benefits all screening and diagnostic mammography patients, it is especially valuable for women receiving a baseline screening, those who have dense breast tissue and women with a personal history of breast cancer.
3D mammography finds 41% more invasive cancers than 2D alone. It can help find cancer in earlier stages and it reduces the chances of being called back for additional screenings and biopsies.
Dr. Lisa Duhaime with Hamilton Cancer Institute shares her mammogram experience.
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Breast Cancer Symptoms
Early breast cancer often does not cause symptoms. This is why regular self breast exams and mammograms are important, so cancers that don’t have symptoms may be found earlier.
As the cancer grows, symptoms may include:
- Breast lump or lump in the armpit that is hard, has uneven edges, and usually does not hurt.
- Change in the size, shape, or feel of the breast or nipple. For example, you may have redness, dimpling, or puckering that looks like the skin of an orange.
- Fluid from the nipple. Fluid may be bloody, clear to yellow, green, or look like pus.
In men, breast cancer symptoms include breast lump and breast pain and tenderness.
Symptoms of advanced breast cancer may include:
- Bone pain
- Breast pain or discomfort
- Skin ulcers
- Swelling of the lymph nodes in the armpit (next to the breast with cancer)
- Weight loss