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Breast Cancer Screening

Catherine Tuite, MD, Section Chief, Breast Radiology, is clinically focused on the early diagnosis of breast cancer using digital mammography with tomosynthesis, breast MRI, and ultrasound. Catherine Tuite, MD, Section Chief, Breast Radiology, is clinically focused on the early diagnosis of breast cancer using digital mammography with tomosynthesis, breast MRI, and ultrasound.

Breast cancer screening often detects precancerous and cancerous breast tissue that may be present in otherwise healthy individuals. If diagnosed and treated in the initial stages, breast cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer. As a result, it is vital that women are screened regularly at the frequency recommended by their physician.

Fox Chase Cancer Center offers the latest breast cancer screenings and diagnostic techniques available. Test results are reviewed by physicians specializing in breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Screening Tools

  • Clinical breast exam
  • Conventional digital mammography
    • These low-dose breast x-rays let doctors find abnormal changes in breast tissue. Typically, two pictures are taken of each breast—one from the side and one from above. Since 1989, standard mammography has helped reduce female breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by nearly 40 percent—making it the “gold standard” for early detection.
  • 3D mammography (or tomosynthesis)
    • You may hear this type of mammogram referred to as breast tomosynthesis. During a 3-D mammogram, a low-dose x-ray machine sweeps over the breast, taking multiple images from different angles. Then a computer combines all these images to create a 3-D picture of the breast.These multiple slices of breast tissue help give doctors a clearer view of breast tissue. As a result, 3-D mammograms reduce the number of callbacks for false alarms, which suggest cancer may be present when it isn’t.
  • Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Molecular breast imaging

When to Get Screened

At age 40: You should have the option to start screening with a mammogram every year.

At age 45: Have a mammogram every year.

At age 55: You can switch to getting a mammogram every other year, or you can continue with annual mammograms. You should keep getting screened as long as you're in good health.

Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer

Fox Chase’s Risk Assessment Program provides thorough risk assessment and genetic counseling to high-risk women for the prevention of breast and gynecologic cancers.

  • Inherited Factors
    • Your family history gives a clue. Learn more about hereditary factors that increase or decrease your risk of breast cancer.
  • The High Risk Breast and Ovarian Clinics offer you care from experts in cancer risk and prevention.
    • Risk assessment is for individuals with a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer, those who have been found to have a cancer gene mutation, or individuals who have had a biopsy showing benign breast disease. Women who have had breast or ovarian cancer are eligible for testing.

Clinical care to help reduce your risk

The Risk Assessment Clinic offers a range of cancer screening and prevention services tailored just for you including:

  • State-of-the-art cancer screening and dedicated radiologists
  • Detailed evaluation of individual risk
  • Personalized screening plan and prevention options
  • The opportunity to participate in clinical trials and research studies looking at new approaches for early detection and risk reduction

To request an appointment fill out our online form or call 888-FOX-CHASE.

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