Careful and accurate breast cancer screening can save your life. Catching early signs of breast cancer with clinical exams, mammograms, and self-examinations can make the all the difference. At Pacific Women’s Center in Eugene, we provide world-class breast cancer screening. Consistent assessment and awareness of your breast health is imperative to your long-term well-being. For mammograms Eugene offers a network of specialists whose expertise is imaging. We only send our patients to the places we consider to be the best at what they do.
The two most important things you can do to catch breast cancer early are to practice breast self-awareness and to visit your doctor for regular exams. Breast self-awareness means that you have an understanding of what looks and feels normal in your breasts, which allows you to be alert to any changes, no matter how small. This means regular self-examination of your breasts so you can create a baseline for what feels normal.
Starting at age 40, women should schedule annual mammograms. Before then, yearly clinical breast examinations are suggested. Both of these screening tests can be a part of your annual well-woman exam, so speak with your physician to make a plan for your screening. Mammograms use low dose X-ray technology to study the breasts without the use of dyes or invasive instruments. Clinical exams are performed by your physician without the use of any other devices. We understand that these screening tests aren’t always the best experience. That’s why we provide the most gentle care possible, while still being thorough enough to catch any problems. In Eugene mammogram providers are caring and understanding.
Breast Health and Mammograms in Eugene
Finding a lump or abnormality in the breast can be terrifying, but it does not always mean cancer. If you do find a lump, please contact us as soon as you can to make an appointment. We address early warning signs as quickly as possible. Masses can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous), but further testing must be done to find the nature of the mass. If you find a lump or if a mammogram scan finds something abnormal, a biopsy will be performed. A biopsy tests a small sample of cells from the mass to determine what it is. After the biopsy, one of our physicians will decide the best course of action depending on the findings.
If you or your physician find something abnormal, the most important thing to remember is to stay calm and trust that you are in good hands at Pacific Women’s Center. Acting quickly is the first step and we take your breast health incredibly seriously. If it’s time to schedule your yearly examination, if you have any questions regarding breast self-awareness and self-exams, or if you are experiencing anything abnormal, please call us today at 541-342-8616 or contact us online to schedule your appointment in our Eugene location.
Note: we refer patients to our network of specialists in and around Eugene for both mammograms and biopsy.