Breast Health Begins with Breast Awareness:
At MCMH + Clinics we are dedicated to providing care that prioritizes early detection, and providing the care and services women and men deserve close to home.
Discover the power of early detection at MCMH + Clinics:
We believe that timely intervention is key to effectively combating breast cancer. That's why we encourage you to engage in open discussions with your primary care provider regarding when to schedule your baseline screening and the recommended frequency of screening mammograms. By staying proactive and getting screened regularly, you increase the chances of identifying any potential issues at their earliest stages. Our dedicated team is here to guide you through the process, ensuring that you receive the care you need when it matters most. Together, let's prioritize your breast health and take proactive steps towards a healthier future.
Screening Tools at MCMH + Clinics:
|Both 2D and 3D mammograms are available at MCMH + Clinics. The two types of mammograms are similar in that the technologist will position you, compress your breast, and take images from different angles. The difference between the two types of exams is that the 3D technology allows providers to examine your breast tissue layer by layer. Fine details are more visible and no longer hidden by the tissue above or below. 2D mammograms are still important for post-biopsy imaging, particularly for magnifying and characterizing calcifications that commonly occur in breast tissue.
| Breast Ultrasound
|Your provider also may recommend a breast ultrasound to further assess breast lumps or abnormalities identified during a physical exam, mammogram, or breast MRI. By utilizing sound waves, we can produce detailed pictures of your breast structure, aiding in the diagnostic process.
| Breast MRI
|For more in-depth evaluation, we also offer breast MRIs, which utilize a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to capture precise images of your breast tissue.
| Breast Biopsies
|In certain cases, your doctor may need to perform a biopsy to determine the presence of cancer cells. This procedure involves the removal of cells from your breast, which are then examined in the lab. Our experienced physicians can conduct biopsies using either a needle or an incision, ensuring minimal discomfort and accurate results.
Breast Health Providers:
At MCMH + Clinics, we understand the importance of specialized care when it comes to breast health. That's why we are proud to have two dedicated breast health providers in our Specialty Outpatient Clinic:
Both of these providers are experts in Breast Health and offer a wide range of services.
Breast Health Services Include:
- Breast symptom assessment for issues with breast pain, nipple discharge, a breast lump, gynecomastia, or other signs and symptoms
- Genetic breast cancer risk assessment
- Breast density and supplemental imaging assessment
- Triple-negative breast cancer, HER2-positive and inflammatory cancer specialty care
What if I find a lump?
The most important thing to do if you find a lump or have any questions or concerns about your breast health is to call your provider. If you are looking for a primary care provider, check our Physicians and Providers page to find the right provider for you!
- When it comes to a breast lump, it's important to stay calm and informed. Remember that most breast lumps are not cancerous. If you discover a lump, the first step is to call a doctor or health clinic and explain your situation. Request a consultation to discuss your concerns. In the meantime, it's recommended to monitor the lump daily and observe if it undergoes any changes.
- During your visit, take the opportunity to discuss all your concerns and risk factors for breast cancer. It's essential to be mentally prepared for your doctor to potentially order additional imaging tests such as a mammogram, ultrasound, or MRI. A clinical exam alone may not provide a definitive diagnosis, but it's important to remember that these tests are conducted to obtain a more detailed evaluation, not necessarily because cancer is suspected.
- Take things one step at a time and remain patient. In some cases, a biopsy may be necessary to confirm or rule out cancer. However, it's important to know that the majority of breast lumps are benign rather than malignant.
- Once you receive the results of your tests, make sure to follow up with your doctor and ask any questions you may have to ensure a clear understanding. If you feel that your concerns were not fully addressed, don't hesitate to seek a second opinion. Remember, by being proactive and taking charge of your physical and mental health, you are commendably looking out for yourself.
Remember, Early Detection Saves Lives.
"I was 37 years old when I had a mammogram at MCMH that lead to my first breast cancer diagnosis. I underwent surgery and chemotherapy to successfully treat the breast cancer. I continued to have annual screening mammograms and 7 years later I was given my second breast cancer diagnosis on my remaining breast. Fortunately, both of these were caught in early stages due to the screening mammograms I received making my story a great one as I am here and doing well. Mammograms save lives and I am living proof of this."