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 postmenopausal 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.