Breast cancer is cancer that starts in the tissues of the breast.
There are two main types of breast cancer:
- Ductal Carcinoma starts in the tubes (ducts) that move milk from the breast to the nipple. Most breast cancers are of this type.
- Lobular Carcinoma starts in the parts of the breast, called Lobules that produce milk.
In rare cases, breast cancer can start in other areas of the breast.
Detecting Breast Cancer
One of the keys to treating breast cancer effectively is to diagnose it early. In addition to physical breast exams, doctors at Owensboro Health have many advanced options to assist in the detection of breast cancer. Some of those options include:
Owensboro Health is excited to offer Hologic 3D Mammography, an advanced form of screening and diagnostic imaging that has demonstrably improved detection of breast cancer in its earliest stages.
3D mammography is better at finding breast cancer, especially the smaller tumors that are too small to be visible on standard digital mammography and much too small to be felt. Tumors detected in the earliest stages are much easier to cure, with a 98 percent (or better) five-year survival rate if the Cancer is detected before it spreads.
A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breasts. It is used to find tumors and to help tell the difference between noncancerous (benign) and cancerous (malignant) disease.
Owensboro Health offers state-of-the-art 3D digital mammography in Owensboro and at each of Owensboro Health Healthplex locations:
- Owensboro Health Henderson Healthplex
- Owensboro Health Madisonville Healthplex
- Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Healthplex
If you or any woman you know age 40 to 64 needs help paying for a mammogram, we can help.