Where to Get a Breast Cancer Screening

It can be easy to put breast cancer screening on the back burner. Work, family responsibilities and other activities can get in the way of regular testing, especially in the setting of the Covid-19 pandemic. But breast cancer screening is the best way to detect cancer early, when it’s most treatable, and has the best outcomes. How do you know where to go for an appointment? Here’s a few things to consider when looking for a provider.

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Breast Cancer Screening Options

Mammography is the best screening tool for detecting breast cancer. But not all mammograms are the same. When choosing a center for breast cancer screening, it’s wise to know what types of mammography are offered. Different kinds of mammograms include:

Conventional Mammography

Conventional or traditional mammography uses low-dose X-ray imaging to take two-dimensional pictures of the breast. A radiologist reviews these photos and looks for abnormal areas. Although other types of mammography are more advanced, it’s important to know that conventional mammograms are an effective breast cancer screening tool.

Digital Mammography

Most screening mammograms today are digital. Like a digital camera, the images taken of the breast with digital mammography are stored on a computer. This allows doctors to magnify the pictures for closer examination. Digital mammograms can be especially useful in finding cancer in women who have dense breasts and those who are premenopausal.

3-D Mammography (Breast Tomosynthesis)

Tomosynthesis is a type of advanced breast cancer screening that takes digital mammography one step further. The test takes multiple images of the breast from many different angles. A computer puts the pictures together to make a 3D image of each breast. Doctors can scroll through 3-D “slices” of the breast to better examine suspicious areas.

The Breast Health Center at Loma Linda University Cancer Center offers the most advanced breast cancer screening capabilities, including 3-D Mammography breast tomosynthesis, in the Inland Empire. What’s more, all mammography studies are read by an expert radiologist dedicated to breast imaging. This advanced technology and expertise allows our doctors to detect breast abnormalities earlier and more accurately.

When searching for a breast center, check they have comprehensive care to meet all your needs. This gives you peace of mind, knowing that they can care for you, no matter the issue.

Find a location near you

Loma Linda University Cancer Center
11234 Anderson St, Suite A600, Loma Linda, CA 92354
909-558-2262
Loma Linda University Health – Beaumont – Banning
Oncology
81 South Highland Springs Ave., Suite 201, Beaumont, CA 92223
909-558-2262
Loma Linda University Health – Beaumont – Banning
Radiation Oncology
81 South Highland Springs Ave., Suite 105, Beaumont, CA 92223
800-496-4966
Loma Linda University Professional Office Building – Murrieta
Oncology Nurse Navigator
28078 Baxter Rd., Suite 130, Murrieta, CA 92563
951-290-4148
Loma Linda University Professional Office Building – Murrieta
Radiation Oncology
28078 Baxter Rd., Suite 130, Murrieta, CA 92563
951-290-4162
Loma Linda University Professional Office Building – Murrieta
Women's Diagnostic Imaging Center
28078 Baxter Rd., Suite 220, Murrieta, CA 92563
951-290-4860
Loma Linda University Professional Office Building – Murrieta
Faculty Surgical Oncology Medical Offices
28078 Baxter Rd., Suite 510, Murrieta, CA 92563
909-558-2262
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Follow-Up Diagnostic Services

Regular breast cancer screening is important. But when choosing a breast center, it’s important to look for one with comprehensive follow-up diagnostic and treatment services. For example, if your mammogram has abnormal findings, you will need to return for a diagnostic mammogram—a more detailed version of your screening mammogram. Your doctor may also recommend a breast ultrasound and/or a breast MRI, which can provide further information to help with diagnosis. If breast cancer is suspected, a minimally invasive breast biopsy using imaging guidance is performed to collect tissue for analysis.

Keep in mind, getting called back for a suspicious finding on your breast cancer screening does not mean you have breast cancer. In fact, the need for additional imaging is fairly common and may occur for many different reasons.

At Loma Linda’s Breast Health Center, we provide the full scope of diagnostic services. This includes breast ultrasound as well as breast MRI, which is performed on dedicated breast MRI equipment. The Breast Health Center is also the first facility in the Inland Empire to offer non-invasive breast MRIs to help diagnose breast cancer.

Comprehensive Breast Care

When searching for a breast center, check they have comprehensive care to meet all your needs. This gives you peace of mind, knowing that they can care for you, no matter the issue.

The Breast Health Center offers a wide range of advanced services including:

  • Breast Cancer and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Medical oncology
  • Breast Radiology
  • Radiation oncology
  • Support services

From the time of diagnosis, our patient navigators help answer questions and guide patients through every step of treatment and recovery.

Patient navigators are registered nurses trained in oncology care to guide you through the challenges of dealing with cancer. They are here to support you as you go through diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Contact the Patient Navigator team at 800-782-2623.

For your first appointment at the Breast Health Center, please bring your past findings/imaging.

Why You Should Make an Appointment Today

Although breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, breast cancer screening has been proven to save lives. In fact, the American Cancer Society estimates that screening mammograms can reduce breast cancer deaths by approximately 20% to 40%.

When it comes to breast cancer screening recommendations, not all experts agree.

The key is to talk to your doctor about when breast cancer screening is right for you. Your doctor will likely consider your age, medical and family history and other personal risk factors to determine when screening is best.

No matter what routine screening schedule your doctor recommends, it’s essential that you stick to it. Find a center for breast cancer screening that you trust and that provides the services you need and make the appointment.