Early detection is the key to beating breast cancer
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer before her
80th birthday. Those who detect their cancer early can dramatically
improve their chances of survival.
In addition to performing a monthly self-examination, you should:
Have a clinical breast exam conducted by a healthcare professional each year
Have a mammogram each year once you reach age 40
See your doctor right away if you feel pain or a lump in your breast
Throughout the Saint Thomas Health network, we offer care and
screenings to aid in the early detection of breast cancer. For more information or to
schedule an appointment, call 615.284.LADY (5239).
Digital Mammography & Stereotactic Capabilities
A yearly mammogram is the best way to catch breast cancer in its
earliest stages. A mammogram is a safe, low-dose x-ray that can detect
abnormalities that you cannot feel. Our advanced digital mammography
systems are designed to provide the most precise images possible with
minimal time and discomfort.
If your mammogram detects an abnormality, our experienced team may
use either ultrasound guided or stereotactic biopsy capabilities to
take a small tissue sample and determine whether cancer is present.
While the majority of biopsies are cancer-free, these advanced
procedures are the best way to make sure. Our advanced system offers
pinpoint accuracy and image quality, and the procedure generally takes
one hour or less.