Join our experts for Monday Night Coffee Talks on October 17 from 7 to 8:30 pm in the VIA Auditorium at the Health and Wellness Center in Warrington for the latest information about breast cancer screening and lifestyle changes that help reduce breast cancer risk.
"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.
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
Breast Cancer Protection: The Latest Mammography Guidelines & Risk Reduction Techniques
Monday, October 17 – 7 to 8:30 pm
VIA Auditorium, Health & Wellness Center
Radiologist Michele Kopach, MD, and breast surgeon Donna Angotti, MD, will dispel confusion around the latest breast cancer screening guidelines, discuss breast density and 3-D mammography, and identify the most recent lifestyle, environmental and medical risk factors for breast cancer and how you can reduce your risk.
Register online or call 215-345-2121.
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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