What is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer is the condition in which cells in the breast mutate and grow. When the cancer spreads beyond the breast to areas like the lymph nodes or liver, it is said to have metastasized. It can start in any part of the breast – the milk glands (lobules), the milk ducts, or the fibrous and fatty connective tissue.
Did you know that breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the United States? It accounts for 1 of every 3 cancers diagnosed. A chance of a woman developing breast cancer at some time in her life is approximately 1 in 8 (12%). It occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare. Two of the top most ordered exams are Screening Mammography and Breast Ultrasound.
What is a Screening Mammogram?
A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast. It is used to detect breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease. It can also be used if you have a lump or other sign of breast cancer. If you and your doctor have determined you need a mammogram, based on your age and personal risk factors, you must undergo a breast screening mammogram procedure.
Breast Ultrasound is a painless radiology exam that can be used to diagnose abnormalities of the breast in a non-invasive manner. It is often performed and used to help diagnose and detect breast cancers.
What are the additional breast cancer tests?
- Breast Cancer Screen: A blood test used to detect BRCA1 and BRCA2, which are genes linked to breast cancer; mutations in these genes are associated with a greater risk for breast and ovarian cancer
- PET/CT Scan: A breast scan used to diagnose and locate tumors or abnormalities of the breast
- Breast MRI: Often ordered in conjunction with other breast exams (such as mammography and ultrasound) to screen women who are at a high risk for breast cancer
When will I receive my results?
Before you look up ‘mammogram and breast ultrasound centers near me’, you can find the ideal mammogram test near you through the LabFinder portal. Once you have found the mammogram center, complete the test procedure and you will receive the test results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.
How do I prepare for a mammogram? Do I need to fast?
No fasting required before a mammography breast ultrasound test. Avoid using deodorants, antiperspirants, powders, lotions, creams, or perfumes under your arms or on your breasts. Metallic particles in powders and deodorants could be visible on your mammogram and cause confusion.
- If you’ve had mammograms at another facility, try to bring those records with you to the new facility (or have them sent there) for comparison.
- If you had booked and completed your last mammogram through LabFinder, your previous results will be in your secure dashboard. Make sure to bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.
Use LabFinder and get accurate and instant help to find a ‘mammogram near you’.