Early Breast Cancer Detection
Early detection is the key to successful treatment of breast cancer. Women over age 20 should perform a breast self exam (BSE) every month. Overlake offers monthly classes with instructions on the most accurate ways to do BSE. A woman who is familiar with her breasts will most likely notice early changes that occur.
If you are over 40, you should have a mammogram every year. The Breast Center offers mammography (breast X-rays) on site to promote the early detection of breast cancer. Very low levels of radiation are used and Overlake technicians monitor and test the equipment regularly to ensure its safety and accuracy. The Breast Health Center is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and was designated an ACR Center of Excellence in 2007.
A clinical breast examination by your healthcare provider is recommended every year if you are over 40, or every three years if you are between 20 and 39 years old. Overlake can refer you to a physician close to home.
If your mammogram shows areas of concern for breast cancer, your physician will use tests to determine if cancer is actually present. These may include stereotactic biopsy, ultrasound or other imaging techniques. All of these are available at the Breast Health Center in a comfortable and convenient location.