Diagnosis & Tests
Early detection can be a big plus in treating breast cancer. Learn about
breast cancer tests and diagnosis. Due for a mammogram? Please make your
The earlier breast cancer is detected, the better it may be for the
patient’s long-term health. Get a brief overview of the tests that can help
detect breast cancer.
For women at normal risk of breast cancer, self-exams, clinical exams, and
mammography starting at 40 may screen for breast cancer. Abnormal results or
high-risk women may need earlier screening or additional tests. Read more.
Do you do regular breast self-exams? While some cancers are too tiny to
feel, and most lumps aren’t cancer, self-exams are a proactive way to help take
care of yourself. Learn how.
A clinical breast exam is a breast exam performed by a health care
professional. It’s a basic part of women’s check-ups, starting at age 20. Find
out what to expect from a clinical breast exam.
A mammogram is a special type of X-ray taken to look for abnormal growths or
changes in breast tissue. It’s a key tool in breast cancer detection, though no
test is perfect. Learn more here.
Most abnormal mammogram results aren’t breast cancer. But more testing is
needed to make sure. The bottom line: Don’t panic, but do get the follow-up
Do you find mammograms uncomfortable? Don’t skip the test; just learn how to
handle it better. This video explains how to deal with mammogram
Doctors sometimes use ultrasound images to check whether a breast lump is a
cyst (a fluid-filled sac that is not cancer) or a solid mass. Read more
MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. Learn how breast MRI is used to
help detect breast cancer.
When doctors perform a biopsy, they remove cells from a suspicious mass to
see if it’s cancer. This article provides an overview of breast biopsies.
This type of breast biopsy generally uses a needle, not surgery. Learn
what’s involved in minimally invasive breast biopsy.
In a sentinal node biopsy, doctors check a few lymph nodes under the arm to
see if cancer has spread into the lymph system. Learn what’s involved in a
sentinel node biopsy.
Ductal lavage checks cells from the milk ducts for precancerous cells. Read
about it here.