Specialty Care

Breast Health

Breast health — an important part of your life.

About Breast Health

It’s easy to find excuses to put off a regular breast exam. But your breast health is important. That’s why Ascension’s OB-GYN doctors and care teams are here for you, providing personalized breast care throughout your life.

Breast cancer screening and beyond

Taking charge of your breast health means making a breast exam part of your health routine. Often, it can be part of your regular OB-GYN checkup. Your screening may include a breast exam by your doctor, a digital mammogram and breast ultrasounds. Ascension breast care specialists can help you learn proactive steps to keep your breasts healthy.

Our compassionate approach to your care begins with getting to know you, learning about your health history and discussing any concerns you may have. Together, we’ll create a care plan designed for you.

Comprehensive, personalized breast care

Breast cancer prevention — while certainly important — isn’t the only reason for breast exams. We can diagnose and treat a range of breast conditions including:

  • Breast lumps.
  • Cysts.
  • Mastitis or breast inflammation.
  • Painful breasts.

We’ll take the time to help you fully understand your diagnosis and explain any next steps. We can connect you with other Ascension specialists, if advanced treatments are necessary.

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Breast Health FAQs

What are the benefits of screening mammography?

Today's high-quality screening mammogram is the best tool available to detect breast cancer before lumps can be felt or symptoms appear. Finding breast cancer early helps give a woman more choices. It also increases her chances of having the best possible outcome.

Is there a risk of radiation exposure from having regular mammograms?

You may want to ask your healthcare provider about the amount of radiation used during the procedure. Ask about the risks related to your particular case. Special care is taken to make sure that the lowest possible amount of radiation is used when you have a mammogram.

What should a woman expect when having a mammogram?

Don't use deodorant, powder, or lotions on the day of your mammogram. Wear 2-piece clothing. A specially trained radiology technologist will do the X-ray. The technologist will ask you to undress, put on a gown, and stand next to the X-ray machine. Two flat surfaces (plates) are slowly squeezed together. They compress each breast for a few seconds. This compression may be somewhat painful. But it is needed to make the best pictures using the lowest amount of radiation possible.

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