Our experience has convinced us that women, who are given the proper
instructions on self
are capable of finding small and potentially curable breast cancers. We have
seen many cases over the years where a mammogram missed a cancer. The only
reason that we were successful in early detection was that the woman was aware
of a change in her breast because she did self examination, and she brought
those changes to the attention of her doctor.
Clinical examination: We recommend a routine yearly breast
examination by a health care professional starting at age 20. For women who are
at high risk or who have special concerns, a breast examination performed by one
of our breast surgeons along with a same day mammogram can be accomplished.
Mammogram: A yearly screening mammogram is the one test that has
been scientifically proven to reduce breast cancer mortality. We believe that
every woman from 40 years of age and older should have a yearly mammogram. Women
with risk factors should consider starting mammography 10 years early than the
age of their youngest first degree relative with breast cancer ( i.e. if you
mother had breast cancer at age 45, you should have your first mammogram by age
35). Women with breast symptoms should have a diagnostic mammogram. The
diagnostic mammogram focuses on the area of concern with additional views and
usually an ultrasound is also performed. Digital mammography is conveniently
located in our building. Mammography is a wonderful tool but is still not 100%
accurate in revealing abnormalities.