I found a Lump, now what?
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR OB/GYN OR HEALTH PRACTITIONER
Don't delay! Early detection can be life-saving when it comes to breast cancer. If your doctor has any reason for concern, they will order tests for you to further investigate. These tests include a diagnostic mammogram, ultrasound, biopsy, or MRI. We highly recommend Solis Imaging for your mammogram.
Depending on your practitioner they may schedule this at their office or a local imaging center. In past years, they have offered free mammograms in October and other times during the year. If you are in un or under-insured, we provide free mammograms and host free mobile mammogram events throughout the year. If any of our clients need follow-up diagnostic testing, we also pay the bill!
Your practitioner may schedule an ultrasound to follow your diagnostic mammogram. WHAT IS AN ULTRASOUND? A breast ultrasound uses sound waves to make a computer image of the internal breast. Ultrasound images are used to further evaluate the abnormality. An ultrasound can detect if the mass is sold or filled with fluid, such as a non-cancerous cyst. It can also be used to determine the size and composition of the surrounding tissue.
If there are concerns after your mammogram and ultrasound, your doctor may order a biopsy. A biopsy removes tissue from the breast through a needle or surgery. The cells are then viewed under a microscope to determine if they are cancerous or not. A biopsy is the only diagnostic procedure that can identify if the suspicious area is cancerous.
Keep in mind that 80% of women who have a breast biopsy do not have breast cancer.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is often used to determine the stage of breast cancer. It may also be used as a diagnostic tool for women who are at high risk of developing breast cancer. WHAT IS A MRI? A MRI creates detailed 3-D images of the breast. Using the strong magnetic fields, it allows doctors to further evaluate any abnormalities.
These tests may include a diagnostic mammogram, ultrasound, biopsy or MRI. To find a Federally Qualified Health Center near you, we highly recommend you visit https://aachc.org/