Getting the right diagnosis means getting the right treatment and, ultimately, having better outcomes.
Thanks to widespread breast cancer screening through use of mammography (x-ray of the breast) many breast cancers are found at an early stage and long before they would have caused any of the above symptoms. Routine mammography saves lives, reducing a woman’s risk of dying from breast cancer by 30 - 50 percent.
Roswell Park recommends women have an annual screening mammogram beginning at age 40. Having different risk factors may indicate a need for frequent or different testing. Learn whether you should have a different screening regimen at our Breast Cancer Risk Assessment & Prevention Program.
If symptoms or mammography results suggest breast cancer, you will likely have one or more of the following tests:
Additional tests and imaging are sometimes necessary to learn more information about your cancer, such as the tumor’s size and whether cancer has spread to lymph nodes or other organs, such as the lungs. Whether or not cancer is found in these areas helps determine the stage of your cancer. These additional tests may include: