When To Contact A Medical Professional

Before being treated for Breast Cancer:

  • You have a breast or armpit lump
  • You have nipple discharge

After being treated for Breast Cancer:

  • Nipple discharge
  • Rash on the breast
  • New lumps in the breast
  • Swelling in the area
  • Pain, especially chest pain, abdominal pain, or bone pain

Breast Cancer

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers A Quality Program of the American College of SurgeonsBreast 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:

3D Mammography

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:

Learn more about mammography & breast imaging.

Contact Us

Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center - 270-688-3600 or toll-free at 800-947-7102

Radiation Oncology - 270-688-3600

Hematology & Oncology - 270-688-3445

Oncology Patient Navigators - 270-688-1946

Outpatient Infusion - 270-688-3630

Medical Oncology (Inpatient) - 270-417-2800

Cancer Screening - 270-417-7641

Lung Cancer Screening Program - 270-417-7641

Clinical Trials - 270-688-1938

Director of Cancer Services - 270-688-3640

Cancer Registry - 270-688-3636

Pharmacy Financial Advocate - 270-688-3741


The importance of getting your Mammogram

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