At the Breast Health Center, under the Banner University Women's Institute we offer specialized care services in the Phoenix area that include:
- Stereotactic breast biopsy (mammotome)
- Ultrasound guided biopsy
- Sentinel lymph node biopsy
- Cyst aspiration
- Pre-operative needle localization
We keep you and your family informed while you are in our care at the Breast Health Center. The following information is just a sample of all that our team of specialized care providers offers in terms of keeping you informed and involved throughout the process of your care.
What is Mammography?
Mammography is a series of X-rays that shows images of the soft tissues of the breast. It is a valuable procedure that can detect breast cancer early, as much as two years before a lump can be felt by touch.
Mammography is a quick and generally painless test that usually takes less than 15 minutes, depending on the number of individual X-ray views required. The X-rays themselves take only a few seconds, but extra time is needed to position your breast and body correctly for each separate X-ray view.
It is not uncommon to find an abnormality on a mammogram that requires additional imaging of the area in question, as well as an ultrasound to visualize the abnormal area. Most abnormalities found during a mammography are not cancer.
Why Are Mammograms Performed?
Mammograms aid in screening for breast cancer in women with or without symptoms. Symptoms of breast cancer may include a lump or thickening in the breast, nipple discharge, or dimpling of the skin on one area of the breast. If a suspected abnormality is found, it may be removed for examination under a microscope (biopsy).
Many small tumors are seen on a mammogram before they can be physically felt by a woman or her health care professional.
At the Breast Health Center we do stress that mammograms do not prevent breast cancer or reduce a woman's risk of developing cancer outright. However, regular mammograms can reduce a woman's chances of dying from breast cancer by detecting a cancer when it is more easily treated.
The University of Arizona, in coordination with Banner – University Medicine, conducts a variety of research studies and clinical trials to support a commitment to improving patient care. As a patient at Banner – University Medical Center, you may be eligible to participate, meaning you’ll have access to new treatments which may not yet be available to the public.