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

Here's a rundown of American Cancer Society screening guidelines:

  • The ACS recommends that women with an average risk of breast cancer should undergo regular screening mammography starting at age 45 years
  • Women aged 45 to 54 years should be screened annually
  • Women 55 years and older should transition to screening every two years or have the opportunity to continue screening annually
  • Women should have the opportunity to begin annual screening between the ages of 40 and 44 years
  • Women should continue screening mammography as long as their overall health is good and they have a life expectancy of 10 years or longer

Mammograms can show slight changes in the breast tissue and reveal abnormalities, including tiny cancerous tumors when they are too small to be felt. When discovered early, most breast cancers can be effectively treated. Both Doylestown Hospital and the Health & Wellness Center in Warrington offer digital mammograms.

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).


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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