Skip to main content

Breast Cancer Screening


Breast cancer screening involves various methods and techniques used to detect breast cancer at an early stage, when it is most treatable. Screening aims to identify breast cancer before symptoms develop, allowing for timely intervention and improved outcomes.

Here are the key components of breast cancer screening:

Breast Self-Examination (BSE):
BSE involves examining one's own breasts on a regular basis to become familiar with their normal appearance and texture. This can help women detect any changes, such as lumps, swelling, or skin abnormalities, which may warrant further evaluation by a healthcare provider.

Clinical Breast Examination (CBE):
CBE is a physical examination of the breasts performed by a healthcare provider during a routine check-up or gynecological exam. The provider examines the breasts for any signs of abnormalities, such as lumps, changes in size or shape, or skin changes.

Mammography is the primary screening tool for breast cancer and involves taking X-ray images of the breasts. During a mammogram, the breasts are compressed between two plates to spread out the breast tissue and obtain clear images. Mammography can detect breast cancer at an early stage, often before it can be felt by hand.

Breast Ultrasound:
Breast ultrasound uses sound waves to create images of the internal structures of the breast. It may be used as a supplemental imaging tool for women with dense breast tissue or to further evaluate abnormalities detected on mammography.

Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI):
Breast MRI is a highly sensitive imaging technique that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to create detailed images of the breast. It is sometimes used in combination with mammography for women at high risk of breast cancer, such as those with a strong family history or genetic predisposition.

Genetic Testing:
Genetic testing may be recommended for individuals with a strong family history of breast cancer or known genetic mutations (such as BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations) associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Genetic testing can help identify individuals who may benefit from enhanced screening or preventive measures.

Risk Assessment:
Healthcare providers may assess an individual's risk factors for breast cancer, such as age, family history, personal medical history, reproductive factors, and lifestyle factors, to determine the appropriate screening recommendations and frequency.

Screening Guidelines:
Screening guidelines for breast cancer vary among organizations and may be based on factors such as age, risk factors, and individual preferences. Common recommendations include annual mammography starting at age 40 or 50 for average-risk women, with earlier or more frequent screening for women at higher risk.

It's important for women to discuss their individual risk factors and screening preferences with their healthcare provider to develop a personalized screening plan that balances the benefits and potential harms of screening. Early detection through regular screening can significantly improve the chances of successful treatment and survival for breast cancer.

Here at RescueMD, our women’s health providers are able to handle breast cancer screening for patients in Allen, Frisco, Mckinney, Plano, Dallas and the surrounding areas.


945 Stockton Drive, Ste #6100
Allen, TX 75013
Phone: 972-449-7940
Fax: 972-390-1557

Office Hours

Get in touch