You may have a screening test to look for breast cancer. (Screening tests help your doctor look for a certain disease before any symptoms appear.) The earlier
breast cancer is found, the more easily and
successfully it can be treated.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast. MRI is
a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to provide
pictures of the inside of the breast. It may be used as a screening
test for women who are at high risk.
If your doctor thinks that you
have breast cancer, you may have other tests, including:
HER-2 receptor status. HER-2/neu is a
protein that regulates the growth of some breast cancer cells. About 20 out of 100
women with breast cancer have too much (overexpression) of this
Gene tests for post-menopausal women with hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. These tests can show your chances of the cancer coming back. This can help your doctor tell whether chemotherapy is likely to work for you.