Breast Screening & Diagnosis
Breast Screening plans should be determined based on a patient’s risk level. Women with an average risk should begin screening mammograms at age 40. Women with a higher risk may need to start sooner or include other screening options in their preventative plan.
Factors that can put women at a higher risk for breast cancer include:
- Personal history of breast cancer, lobular carcinoma, or atypical hyperplasia
- Close relative diagnosed with breast cancer before age 50
- Heterogeneously dense or extremely dense breast tissue*
- Lifetime Breast Cancer Risk Score over 20%*
- Three or more family members in one lineage with any form of cancer
- More than one cancer in a family member
- Radiation treatment to the chest area between ages 10-30
- BRCA, ATM, CHEK2, PALB2, TP53 or PTEN gene mutations
*Determined and included with every screening mammogram at AMI
Men and women with any kind of lump or new breast abnormality should receive a diagnostic mammogram right away. Once a diagnostic mammogram has been completed, there may be need for other diagnostics techniques to diagnose the irregularity.