How Is Breast Cancer Diagnosed

How Is Breast Cancer Diagnosed

How Is Breast Cancer Diagnosed?

• Breast exam. Physicians perform breast exams to detect any masses or unusual shape changes in the breasts.

• Mammogram. The American Medical Association recommends that women aged 50 and older receive an X-ray mammogram every other year, rather than every year, to avoid excessive radiation exposure. Nevertheless, women in the high-risk group for breast cancer may still require annual X-ray mammograms.

• Breast ultrasound. There is no risk of radiation exposure in a breast ultrasound.

• Breast MRI. Breast MRI scans provide valuable information regarding actual tumor size and shape and accurate staging for breast cancer without the risk of radiation exposure.