Breast Cancer Screenings at VCC
Early detection of cancer through screening reduces risk of death from cancer, including cervical, breast and colon. At VCC, we screen for these diseases to ensure a long, healthy life. Screening prevents cancer through the detection and removal of precancerous growths, detecting cancer at an early stage, when treatment can be successful.
Detect breast cancer with the right test at the right time
- Why test?
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among US women and is the second leading cause of death.
- About 1 in 8 women born in the U.S. today will get breast cancer at some point in their lives.
- Why should I get this test?
- Women ages 50 to 74 should obtain a screening mammogram.
- If you have a family history of breast cancer and are between the ages of 40-49 you should talk to your doctor about getting screened early.
- How often do I need to get this test?
- It is recommended that a screening mammogram is completed every other year. However, your insurance may cover the exam every year.
- What test do i need to screen for breast cancer?
- The test is called a mammogram, and it is an x-ray of the breast to find abnormalities and any changes within the breast tissue.
- During the procedure the breast is placed between two plastic plates and compressed to flatten and spread it. This is necessary to get a good picture of the breast tissue that will be examined by the radiologist.
- How to prepare for the test?
- No preparation is needed. You can also have the screening test without an order from your doctor.
- The mammogram can be done at an imaging center.
- What to expect after the test?
- Results may be available within two weeks.
- If the results are abnormal, additional imaging or a follow up mammogram will be requested. If further testing and treatment is needed, your doctor will discuss next steps.
Still have questions or what to know more? Come in to see your Primary Care Provider at your preferred VCC location.
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Watch our clinician, Dr. Sefa, talk about what to expect from a Breast Cancer screening below: