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The Fight Against Breast Cancer: Screening and Risk Reduction

Monday, Oct 03, 2016
Breast Cancer Screening and Risk Reduction

"Can breast cancer be prevented?"

"When should I get a mammogram?"

"Should I get a 3D mammogram?"

These are important questions women have about breast cancer, which is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. The American Cancer Society estimates about 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

Doylestown Health wants to fight breast cancer by arming women with the information they need about screenings and how to lower the risk for developing breast cancer.

When to get a mammogram

The American College of Radiology and American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommend starting annual screening (mammography) at age 40 for women at average risk. A mammogram is the only medical imaging screening test that is proven to reduce breast cancer deaths. Mammograms should continue annually as long as there is a reasonable expectation of 5-7 more years of life.

Individuals who are known BRCA 1 or BRCA2 positive, those who have received chest irradiation for the treatment of lymphoma, and those who have had scoliosis monitoring or surgery are high risk and should have screening MRI beginning at age 25.

Request to schedule your mammogram online or by calling 215-345-2274.

3D mammography

Also available at Both Doylestown Hospital and the Health & Wellness Center in Warrington are 3D mammograms. 3D mammography, or breast tomosynthesis, is an advanced breast cancer screening technology that allows radiologists to get a more in-depth look at breast tissue.

Doylestown Health recommends 3D mammography as the breast cancer screening method for patients who meet the following criteria:

  • Denser breast tissue. Your breast density is included in the letter that you receive after your mammogram. Learn more about breast density.
  • Personal history of breast cancer or who carry the gene for breast cancer (BRCA1 or BRCA2).

Prevention

There are things you can do that might help lower your risk for breast cancer. These include making healthy lifestyle choices.

  • Limit alcohol consumption to one drink per day
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Get plenty of exercise
  • Don't smoke or use tobacco

Request a Mammogram appointment online

About Doylestown Health's Breast Center

Doylestown Health's Breast Center offers comprehensive breast cancer and well-breast care, close to home. From early detection through advanced screening options like 3D mammography, to complex surgical treatments including nipple-sparing mastectomy, the experts at Doylestown Health are your resource for total breast health.

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