For most women, the greatest concern with their breast is that they be healthy. Breast health begins with breast awareness, or a sense of what’s normal for your breasts. To help promote breast health, do regular breast self-exams. With practice, you’ll discover how your breasts vary in sensitivity and texture at different times during your menstrual cycle. You’ll also learn how breast health changes during various stages of life. While we recommend a monthly self breast exam, women age 40 and over should have a yearly mammogram.
For many women, breast health includes concerns about breast lumps, breast pain or nipple discharge. Know what’s normal — and when to consult your doctor. It’s important to understand common screening and diagnostic tests for breast health, such as clinical breast exams, mammograms and breast ultrasounds.
What is a clinical breast exam?
A clinical breast exam is a physical exam done by a health care provider as part of your regular medical check-up.
What is a screening mammogram?
A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast. Screening mammograms are used to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease.
What is a diagnostic mammogram?
Diagnostic mammograms are used to check for breast cancer after a lump or other sign or symptom of the disease has been found.
What is a breast ultrasound?
A breast ultrasound uses sound waves to make a picture of the tissues inside the breast. A breast ultrasound can show all areas of the breast, including the area closest to the chest wall, which is hard to study with a mammogram.
A physician referral is not required to schedule a screening mammogram.
If you are age 40 or older, and it has been more than 12 months since your last screening, call 864-454-8282 to schedule your appointment today.
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