If you're a woman, you have a 1 in 8 chance of getting breast cancer during your lifespan. You have a 1 in 35 chance of dying from breast cancer. But while these odds have increased and tools to screen for and treat breast cancer have improved in the last few decades, don't neglect your risk.
You should know your risk level and perform regular breast self-exams to check for lumps. With an early diagnosis, you'll have a 98 percent chance of making the five-year survival rate.
Dedicated Breast Radiologists
Radiologist Jennifer Harvey, MD discusses the benefits of having dedicated breast radiologists at UVA Cancer Center. View breast cancer screening transcript.
Advanced Screening Tools
At UVA, our diagnostics include today’s most sophisticated tools, including:
- Digital mammography provides fast, exact results
- 3D mammography, detects very small cancers and rules out false positives
- Screening MRI can locate breast cancers that mammograms might miss
- Automated breast ultrasound uses sounds waves to map the location and size of breast lumps
- Stereotactic biopsy finds the exact location of a breast lump or suspicious area