Breast Cancer Screening: Everything You Need to Know

Many women wonder when they should undergo breast cancer screening, and how often they need to do it. Depending on several different factors, you may only need to be screened at the age recommended for the general population, or you may need to be screened earlier or more frequently than other women.

Healthy breast care and regular breast cancer screenings are important for women (and men) to undergo at the recommended ages. At the Los Angeles Breast Surgery Center of Excellence, our team of top breast surgeons specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. To learn more about Los Angeles breast cancer screening or to schedule a consultation with a member of our breast surgery team, please feel free to contact our surgery center.

Who Needs to Be Screened for Breast Cancer?

The American Cancer Society recommends that women undergo annual mammograms starting at age 40, in addition to clinical breast exams (CBE) every year. Women in their 20s and 30s should have clinical breast exams (CBE) about every three years.

However, if you have factors such as a family history of breast cancer or dense breasts, your doctor may recommend regular breast cancer screenings at an earlier age, and you may also need to be screened with an MRI, in addition to annual mammograms.

If you have a higher risk for breast cancer than other women, or if you are at the recommended age for routine breast cancer screening, you should get screened as soon as possible. Our breast cancer specialists offer personalized patient care, and understand the unique needs of each patient.

Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Breast cancer can be diagnosed through three different types of tests.

  1. Breast cancer screening tests – This method detects breast cancer that has not presented any symptoms, and involves tests like mammograms and CBEs, which evaluate the breast tissue.
  2. Diagnostic tests – A diagnostic screening test, such as a diagnostic mammogram, is used for patients who are suspected of having breast cancer. The breast specialist can then evaluate biopsies from these tests to determine if cancer is present.
  3. Monitoring tests – Monitoring tests are performed on patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, so that the doctor can monitor the efficacy of treatment.

To learn more about undergoing a breast cancer test in Los Angeles, please don’t hesitate to contact the Breast Surgery Center of Excellence.

Best Breast Surgeon in Los Angeles

Undergoing regular breast cancer screening is important for adult women, because early breast cancer detection can save your life.

For women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, our breast surgeons offer a cutting-edge procedure called One-Stage Breast Reconstruction, which involves a mastectomy and breast reconstruction in just one outpatient procedure. If you would like to learn more about this breakthrough procedure, or to schedule a consultation with one of our world-renowned breast specialists, please contact the Breast Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles.

You can schedule a consultation with a board-certified member of our team by calling (888) 316-4167 or by filling out our online contact form.

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