Tests & Treatments

Breast Cancer Screening & Staging

Breast cancer screening enables doctors to detect breast cancer at its earliest stages, when it is most treatable. It is recommended that all women age 40 and older receive a mammogram at least once a year.

More information on breast health is available here.

For more information on staging, please visit the National Cancer Institute Guidelines.


High-risk breast cancer assessment

What is a high-risk breast cancer assessment?

Certain risk factors may make some women more likely to develop breast cancer than others. While some of these risk factors can be avoided, many, such as having a family history of breast cancer, cannot.

Some risk factors for breast cancer include:

  • Age
  • Beginning menstruation at an early age
  • Older age at first birth or never having given birth
  • A relative with breast cancer
  • Dense breast tissue
  • Taking hormones such as estrogen and progesterone
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Being overweight; a sedentary lifestyle

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) offers an online Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool.

Meridian Cancer Care offers genetic counseling. Schedule an appointment with one of our genetic counselors here.

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