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Breast health is a crucial aspect of a comprehensive women's health plan. Safeguarding the well-being of your breasts can play a significant role in keeping you healthy throughout your lifetime.

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At Lompoc Valley Medical Center, we are devoted to helping women lead long, healthy lives. We have the latest state-of-the-art equipment for performing digital mammography. Mammography is a special type of imaging that uses small doses of X-ray radiation to find breast cancer in its earliest stages. Mammograms utilize specialized equipment to effectively record images of breast tissue that will record small abnormalities before you notice symptoms.

Services Include:

  • Digital Breast Tomography (DBT)
  • 3D Mammography (Tomosynthesis)
  • Breast Ultrasound
  • Breast MRI
  • Breast Biopsy
  • Breast Needle Localization

The Importance of Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States. Early detection plays a key role in preventing breast cancer death and improving treatment outcomes. A mammogram is the most common screening exam for breast cancer. The exam evaluates breast tissue for any abnormalities, including cysts, other benign abnormalities, or malignancies.

When to Get Screened

The most lives are saved from breast cancer when women get a mammogram screening every year, starting at age 40, even if they do not have any noticeable symptoms or a family history of breast cancer. Annual mammograms can detect cancer early, which is when it is most treatable.

Update on Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations Inclusive of All Women at Average RISK from the JACR:

  • All women should have a risk assessment by age 30.
    • This ensures that you are not in a higher risk category.
  • Starting at age 40, all women should start annual mammography screening.
    • Greatest breast cancer mortality reduction.
    • Diagnosis at an earlier stage.
    • Better surgical options and more effective chemotherapy.
  • Age 74+, screening should continue.
    • No upper age limit unless severe comorbidities limit life expectancy.

Benefits should be considered along with the possibility of:

  • Recall for additional imaging.
  • Benign biopsy
  • Risks of anxiety and overdiagnosis

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    Learn about Breast Cancer

    Breast Cancer Breast cancer occurs when abnormal breast cells begin to grow uncontrollably. It can happen to anyone, female or male. However, women are more likely to get breast cancer than men. In fact, in the United States, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women after skin cancer.

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