Breast Cancer Diagnosis
The UnityPoint Health - Methodist Breast Health Center, a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, is dedicated to taking care of all your breast health needs. From routine screening mammograms to diagnosis and treatment of breast disease, we give you both leading-edge technology and compassionate care.
Breast Cancer Screening
If you are under 40 and have a family history of breast cancer, contact our High Risk Breast Screening Clinic directly to determine the best tests and timing for your personal risk.
Schedule an Appointment at the High Risk Breast Screening Clinic
Women aged 25-35: Consult with your doctor about your individual risk factors and when to start screening.
Women aged 40: Begin mammogram screening at age 40 and continue annually.
Women aged 41-74: Continue mammograms every year.
Women aged 75 and older: Discuss with your doctor about screening.
All women: Discuss your personal health history with your doctor to determine the best tests and timing for your scheduled screening.
Should something abnormal be found in a screening mammogram, a diagnostic mammogram will be performed.
Additional Diagnostic Tools
- Bilateral Breast MRI (High-detail imaging of both breasts in one day.)
- Needle Core Biopsy (Removal of a small amount of breast tissue for study under a microscope.)
- Ultrasound Imaging (Also called a sonogram.)
Methodist breast imaging equipment and services (including mammography, breast ultrasound and biopsies, and MRIs) are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR), ensuring the highest standards of image quality and care.
- Routine screening digital mammograms (Women 40+ may schedule their own mammogram.)
Understanding Your Risk
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Understanding your personal risk, and acting accordingly is the best way to detect breast cancer early.
Risk Factors Include:
- Personal or family history of breast cancer
- Hormone replacement therapy
Learn more about our High Risk Breast Screening Clinic.
Know the Warning Signs
Knowing your personal risk for breast cancer, and being aware of several warning signs is important in detecting breast cancer early.
Learn the Warning Signs of Breast Cancer