Breast Cancer Screenings
When breast cancer is detected early, it can be treated more effectively. Inspira offers several options for breast cancer screening.
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS):
- Women between the ages of 40 and 44 have the option to begin annual mammograms.
- Women between the ages of 45 and 54 are recommended to receive annual mammograms
- Women ages 55 and older may either switch to mammograms every 2 years or continue yearly screenings
- Self-exams, which can be performed at virtually any age, can be an especially helpful tool when practiced in conjunction with routine clinical exams and mammograms.
Inspira’s Approach to Breast Cancer Screening
There are three primary ways to complete a breast screening:
- Breast self-exam
- Clinical exam by your doctor
- Imaging - including 3D mammogram along with MRI and ultrasound technology
Your care team may recommend a breast biopsy if a suspicious lump or apparent growth is detected in your breast(s), If recommended, Biopsies are offered quickly to reduce your stress and getting a recommendation for a biopsy don’t necessarily mean you have cancer.
If you are at high risk for hereditary breast cancer you may want to consider more frequent screenings and genetic testing. Inspira’s High Risk Cancer Program and Inspira Insight risk assessment can help you understand your risk for hereditary cancer.
Inspira Cancer Specialists
If you’d like more information about cancer screening, diagnosis or prevention, our team is here to help.