Breast Health

Breast Centers at Meridian Health

Meridian Cancer Care’s comprehensive Breast Centers offer the renowned expertise of the nation’s top breast surgeons together with the most cutting-edge treatments in Cancer Care.

Our centers provide the highest quality care in an environment that respects and recognizes the sensitivity of women’s needs.

Three-Step Plan for Preventive Breast Care

While individual risk may vary, all women are at risk for breast cancer. It is important to follow this three-step plan for preventive care.

  1. Breast Changes – Monthly breast self exam (BSE) is no longer strongly recommended. However, women should be familiar with their breast and report any changes to their physician.
  2. Clinical Examination – A breast examination by a physician or clinician trained to evaluate breast problems should be part of a woman’s regular physical examination. Between the ages of 20 and 30, women should have a clinical breast examination by a health professional every three years.
  3. Mammography – an X-ray of the breast used to detect and diagnose breast cancer in its earliest stage. There are two different types of mammograms:

Screening Mammogram – X-ray of the breast used to detect breast changes in women who have no signs of breast cancer.

Diagnostic Mammogram – X-ray of the breast used to diagnose unusual breast changes, such as a lump, pain, nipple thickening or discharge, or a change in breast size of shape. A diagnostic mammogram is also used to evaluate abnormalities detected on a screening mammogram.

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The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends yearly mammography screening for all women ages 40 and older. Consult your health care provider regarding the screening guideline most appropriate for you.

Our breast imaging centers offer digital mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MR, MR breast biopsies and a staff of board certified radiologists who understand the importance of same day results.

3D mammogram (tomosynthesis) can help evaluate dense breast tissue and potentially miss fewer cancers in women with dense breast.

Breast MRI uses magnetic resonance imaging to distinguish between benign and malignant lesions. Although Breast MRI can detect tumors in dense breast tissue, it cannot detect breast cancer at its earliest stage (microcalcifcations or tiny specks of calcium). Half of the cancers are detected at this stage by mammography, which is why annual mammography is still your best, first line of defense.

Breast Ultrasound is a painless, non-invasive procedure that enables our experts to gain more information about your breast tissue. When a breast lump or abnormality is identified, an ultrasound will often help differentiate between a fluid-filled cyst or a solid mass. Breast ultrasound can be used for young women to evaluate a specific breast problem or as a complement to mammography.

Digital Mammography, an X-ray of the breast tissue, is the most effective way to detect breast cancer in its earliest stage. This technology can detect breast changes before they can be felt, giving you more choices in treatment options and a greater chance of survival. Our state-of-the-art digital mammography systems provide high quality images with very low doses of radiation. Meridian Health mammography services are accredited by the American College of Radiology and certified by the Food and Drug Administration.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy uses computer imaging to allow for the precise removal of a small area of breast tissue. Your surgeon performs the biopsy with the assistance of a radiologist. Performed under local anesthesia, while you are awake, stereotactic breast biopsy is faster, less costly and less complicated than surgical biopsy. Because a smaller amount of breast tissue is removed, you can return to normal activities more quickly.

Wellness Resources

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