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One in eight women will have breast cancer. For women older than 40, one in three will be diagnosed with a breast health concern. That’s your mother, your sister, your daughter – you. If you or someone you love is facing a breast cancer diagnosis, Providence is here for you. We offer the best possible, most comprehensive breast care – right here, close to where you live and work. We also provide support and sensitivity that comes only from experience.
One woman in eight will get breast cancer in her lifetime. The statistics are hard to ignore. And one in three women over the age of 40 will be diagnosed with a breast health concern.
Mammograms use low energy X-rays to examine the breast as a diagnostic and screening tool to detect the early presence of breast cancer. Mammograms are recommended annually for women age 45 to 54. Women 55 and older can switch to mammograms every 2 years, or continue yearly screening.
We understand there are many different screening recommendations. This can be confusing. If you are at average risk for breast cancer, talk with your health care provider to determine what‘s best for you.
Screening and diagnosis
Professional and support services
Some Providence locations offer 3-D mammography, also know as tomosynthesis, detects 41% more invasive breast cancers and reduces false positives (false alarms) by up to 40%.
With tomosynthesis, an X-ray beam sweeps through the breast in a slight arc and takes pictures of multiple “slices” of breast tissues. A radiologist then looks through the series of images. Digital tomosynthesis allows the detection of small abnormalities that may be hidden by normal breast tissue. It also allows the radiologist to tell the difference between a clump of normal tissue and a true mass.
There are two basic types of breast surgery: lumpectomy and mastectomy. Our experienced breast surgeons treat more than 200 new breast cancer patients each year.
Carefully selected patients or family members share their experiences with cancer, one-on-one with others facing similar experiences.