Sarah Cannon at The Medical Center of Aurora
Sarah Cannon at The Medical Center of Aurora is dedicated to the early detection and treatment of breast cancer. As with all cancers, the earlier breast cancer is detected, the more treatable it is.
Women without breast symptoms who are at an average risk for breast cancer should undergo regular screening:
- Women in their 20s and 30s: Undergo a Clinical Breast Exam (CBE) as part of a regular health exam by a professional, preferably every three years. Women also may conduct Breast Self-Exams (BSE) and report any changes to their physicians.
- Women age 40 and older: Undergo a CBE conducted by a health professional annually and undergo a mammogram every year.
Women at an increased risk for breast cancer should consult their physicians for screening recommendations based on their specific needs.
Digital Mammography & GE Pristina 3D Breast Tomosynthesis
The Medical Center of Aurora uses digital mammography, the most accurate type of mammography for many women, including those under 50, those with dense breasts and those who are perimenopausal.
Digital mammograms produce images that appear on the technologist's monitor within seconds. Additionally, the images can be enhanced on the computer as well as manipulated (zoom in or magnify certain areas) to give your medical team the most clear, accurate information possible.
We also offer the GE Pristina Breast Tomosynthesis, which offers patients a comfortable, low-dose X-ray examination that help our providers screen for breast cancer with greater clarity and greater confidence. This advanced imaging technique offers a more comprehensive image of the breast by separating tissue and reducing the overlapping of structures, meticulously imaging specific tissue sections.
Preparing for Your Mammogram
- Schedule your mammogram when your breasts will be the least tender, perhaps avoiding the week before your menstrual cycle. If you have sensitive breasts, consider taking a mild over-the-counter pain reliever about an hour before the mammogram.
- Choose a two-piece outfit to wear so you only have to remove your top.
- Do not use lotion, deodorant or powder under your arms or on your breasts.
- Bring your insurance information, as well as your referring physician's contact information.
- Be prepared to discuss previous mammograms, biopsies or breast treatments. New patients to our facilities should bring any previous breast studies with them, if possible, to help expedite reports.