Are You at Risk for Breast Cancer?
About 12.4 percent of women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their life. But if it’s caught early, women’s breast cancer has a five-year survival rate of 98.9 percent.
A Difficult Chouse
Pam comes from a long history of breast cancer. That’s why she made the most difficult choice imaginable.
A routine mammogram by St. Bernards found her breast cancer in its earliest stages.
Breast Cancer Screening at St. Bernards Healthcare
- Same-Day Mammography Results
Mammograms are the key to early detection and treatment of breast cancer for women over 40 and women at high risk. St. Bernards offers same-day mammography results and online scheduling to make that crucial screening easy and convenient.
- 3D Mammography
Our 3D mammograms capture X-rays of your breast from all different angles, creating a clear, three-dimensional image that lets your doctor see your breast one thin slice at a time, giving them a more precise look that can be helpful for screening women with dense breast tissue or women at particularly high risk for breast cancer.
Our breast specialists can help you understand your risk level. Here are some common risk factors to know:
- Being female (although breast cancer isn’t limited to women)
- Increasing age—more than a quarter of cases are diagnosed in women 55-64
- A personal history of breast conditions, including but not limited to breast cancer
- A family history of breast cancer
- Exposure to chest radiation as a child or young adult
- Beginning your period before age 12
- Beginning menopause after 55
- Having your first child after age 30 or having never been pregnant
- Taking hormone therapy after menopause or using hormonal birth control
- Drinking alcohol