Routine Breast Health Screening

Georgia Breast Care

Breast Surgeons & Surgical Oncologists located in Woodstock, GA

Routine breast health screenings won’t prevent breast cancer, but they can help you detect cancer at an early stage when it can still be successfully treated. Use the online booking tool or call the practice to schedule an appointment for a screening with the experts at Georgia Breast Care, at one of their two convenient locations in Woodstock, Georgia.

Routine Breast Health Screening

What is routine breast health screening?

Breast health screenings include clinical breast exams, self-exams, mammograms, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to detect the presence of cancer in your breasts. It is recommended that all women complete a breast self-exam monthly and report any symptoms, including lumps, changes in size, or pain to your doctor. At Georgia Breast Care, your doctor will examine your breasts for lumps or other changes, and they may recommend a mammogram or breast MRI.

Mammogram

A mammogram is an X-ray of your breast, used to detect breast cancer at early stages, when it is easier to treat and often before you experience any symptoms. Getting regular mammograms reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer.

Breast MRI

A breast MRI is given to women at high risk for getting breast cancer. MRIs take pictures of the breast with magnets and radio waves.

How often should I get routine breast health screenings?

It is recommended that women receive mammograms and clinical breast exams every year between the ages of 50 and 54, and every other year starting at the age of 55. Women should continue receiving mammograms until they reach the age of 69.

Most health insurance plans cover mammograms annually or every other year for women starting at the age of 40 at no out-of-pocket cost to you. Use the online booking tool or call Georgia Breast Care to schedule a routine breast health screening.

How is breast cancer diagnosed?

If breast cancer is diagnosed from your routine breast health screening, other tests are ordered to determine what stage of cancer you have. Staging is the process of determining whether your breast cancer is only in the breast or if it has spread throughout other parts of your body. 

How is breast cancer treated?

The type and stage of breast cancer determines the treatment you need, and you may require more than one type of treatment. Breast cancer is commonly treated with a combination of the following options:

  • Surgical removal of cancer tissue
  • Chemotherapy pills or intravenous medication to shrink or kill cancer cells
  • Radiation therapy to kill cancer cells
  • Hormonal therapy to prevent cancer cells from receiving the hormones they need to grow
  • Biological therapy to improve your body’s immune system’s ability to fight cancer

Increase the likelihood of detecting breast cancer early and receiving successful treatment with routine breast health screenings. Schedule an appointment online or call Georgia Breast Care today.