Sioux City's Trusted Breast MRI
As the third most common cancer in the United States, chances are you or someone you love has been affected by breast cancer. Breast cancer is a scary diagnosis that affects the physical health and emotional well-being of everyone involved – but it can be especially scary for those who are at high risk for developing the disease.
If you are at high risk for developing breast cancer, you may already know that scheduling an annual mammogram, performing a monthly self-exam and getting a clinical breast exam are important elements of catching the disease in its earliest, most treatable stages. But what you may not know is that there is another preventative screening designed especially for at-risk patients.
Breast MRI for High Risk Patients
The American Cancer Society recommends women who are at high risk for breast cancer, based on certain risk factors, should get a Breast MRI and mammogram each year. For women who possess high breast cancer risk factors, screening with Breast MRI and mammograms should start at age 30 and continue as long as a woman is in good health. These breast cancer risk factors include:
- Having between a 20 to 25 percent lifetime risk of breast cancer (or greater)
- Having a known BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation
- Having a first-degree relative with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation
- Having had radiation therapy to the chest as an adolescent or young adult
- Having Li-Fraumeni syndrome, Cowden syndrome, or Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome, or having first-degree relatives with one of these syndromes
Even if you do not identify with the breast cancer risk factors listed above, it is still important to speak with your doctor about your personal risk as well as the appropriate preventative measures to take to reduce your risk of developing the disease. Other high risk breast cancer factors may include:
- Being female
- Getting older (ages 50+)
- Having a previous diagnosis of breast cancer or other non-cancerous breast disease
- Having dense breast tissues
- Having a biological mother, sister or daughter who has had breast cancer
- Being younger when you first started your menstrual period
- Starting menopause later than normal
- Never giving birth
- Not breast feeding
- Drinking more than one glass of alcohol per day
UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's, Home of Sioux City's Trusted Breast MRI
As a leader in radiology and imaging services throughout the state of Iowa, UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s offers comprehensive Imaging & Breast Cancer Screening Services, including Sioux City’s trusted Breast MRI. Administered by board-certified technologists, our Breast MRI provides physicians with detailed images of the breast from all angles with both accuracy and speed. If you are at high risk for developing breast cancer, have your doctor call (712) 279-7979 to schedule a Breast MRI appointment at Sunnybrook Medical Plaza. A physician referral is required.