cycle. You’ll also learn how breast health changes during various stages of life. While we recommend a monthly self breast exam, women age 40 and over should have a yearly mammogram.
For many women, breast health includes concerns about breast lumps, breast pain or nipple discharge. Know what’s normal — and when to consult your doctor. It’s important to understand common screening and diagnostic tests for breast health, such as clinical breast exams, mammograms and breast ultrasounds.
What is a clinical breast exam?
A clinical breast exam is a physical exam done by a health care provider as part of your regular medical check-up.
What is a screening mammogram?
A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast. Screening mammograms are used to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease.
What is a diagnostic mammogram?
Diagnostic mammograms are used to check for breast cancer after a lump or other sign or symptom of the disease has been found.
What is a breast ultrasound?
A breast ultrasound uses sound waves to make a picture of the tissues inside the breast. A breast ultrasound can show all areas of the breast, including the area closest to the chest wall, which is hard to study with a mammogram.
A physician referral is not required to schedule a screening mammogram.
If you are age 40 or older, and it has been more than 12 months since your last screening, call 864-454-8282 to schedule your appointment today.