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Early detection is often the best defense against breast cancer. At Adventist Health Glendale (AHGL), we encourage women to screen for breast cancer using the three basic methods of detection: Breast self-exam, clinical breast exam and mammography. If a suspicious mass needs to be investigated further, breast ultrasound and breast MRI may also be used.

Our mammography staff is dedicated to making each patient feel comfortable and to understand the screening process. They encourage patients to ask questions and provide education.

Breast Self-Exam

Women should be familiar with how their breasts normally look and feel. Starting in their 20s, women are encouraged to check their own breasts regularly for any signs of unusual lumps, bumps, changes in size or shape, unusual skin thickening, rash, nipple discharge, etc. The underarms should also be checked for unusual lumps.

Clinical Breast Exam

A clinical breast exam is conducted by a doctor or other qualified health care practitioner. The exam should be performed every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women age 40 and older. Ask your physician about a breast exam to help with the prevention of breast cancer.

Mammography

A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast. Screening mammograms are used to look for lumps or irregularities in the breasts that cannot be felt. Women are encouraged to get a mammogram every year starting at age 40 for the best protection against breast cancer.

GAMC offers mammograms using the latest in digital technology, with caring, compassionate staff to help guide you throughout the procedure. Our team of technicians will explain details of the exam and answer any questions to make you feel more comfortable through the process. They encourage patients to ask questions and provide education as necessary.

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Breast Ultrasound

For women with dense breast tissue, it can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between a tumor and a cyst using mammography alone. Breast ultrasound uses sonography, or sound waves, to produce images and helps doctors distinguish between normal findings such as cysts or lumps of fat and suspicious breast changes.

Breast MRI

MRI, or magentic resonance imaging, produces very detailed images of breast tissue. Because it is so sensitive, MRI can cause areas of the breasts that are normal to appear abnormal. Therefore, MRI is recommended only for women who have a very high risk of breast cancer and is used to detect cancer in its earliest stages. For women who are at average risk for breast cancer, mammography remains the standard in breast cancer screening.

To schedule a mammogram at AHGL, call (818) 409-8192. For a referral to a AHGL physician, call (818) 409-8100.