Breast health is a vital part of maintaining a woman's overall wellbeing. While breast health depends on lifestyle habits, such as eating healthy and exercising regularly, in many cases, family history and genetic abnormalities can negatively affect breast health.
And each year, nearly 190,000 American women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Over 41,000 women die from this condition annually. Despite the shocking nature of these statistics, the good news is that breast cancer is highly treatable, as long as the condition is diagnosed and treated in earlier stages.
Women's Imaging and Breast Health
While our internationally acclaimed Women’s Imaging services can help detect a number of conditions affecting women, diagnosing breast health issues is among our specialties. Our Breast Health Center offers the most advanced technological capabilities in the Inland Empire, enabling us to detect breast abnormalities earlier and more accurately.
At Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC), our compassionate specialists are highly trained to use the most cutting-edge breast imaging techniques. Studies are read by an expert radiologist dedicated solely to breast imaging procedures. And our Breast Health Navigator, a registered nurse, helps newly diagnosed women get into treatment and recovery as quickly as possible. In addition to diagnostics, the Breast Health Center offers education and breast cancer awareness programs. A second-opinion service can help assess the presence and extent of breast disease.
Our goal is to help women get the best possible treatment for their breast health issues so they can begin recovering and regain their wellbeing. Our skill and experience in administering breast imaging services attests to our dedication to diagnosing breast health issues in their early stages so that women:
- Can start an effective treatment program as soon as possible
- Prevent further health complications from developing
- Have the best chances for full recovery
In most cases, the earlier breast health complications are detected and treated, the better they will respond to treatments. In fact, studies show that women diagnosed with breast cancer in earlier stages are two to five times more likely to survive their malignancy than women diagnosed in a later stage of breast cancer.
Conditions Diagnosed via Breast Imaging
The expert radiologists at LLUMC use various breast imaging technologies to diagnose a number of breast health complications, including but are not limited to:
- Breast cancer
- Breast fat necrosis – damaged fatty tissues in the breast
- Breast thrombophlebitis – swelling of the breast's blood vessels
- Fibrocystic disease – a condition in which cysts develop in the breast tissues and cause tenderness, pain and / or inflammation
- Mastalgia or general breast pain – While mastalgia can arise due to PMS or pregnancy, in some cases, it indicates the presence of a more serious underlying condition
- Mastitis – an infection of the milk ducts
Our Breast Imaging Services
The precise series of breast imaging tests we use will depend on a woman's age, medical history and symptoms, including the types and severity of symptoms experienced. After gathering a woman's medical history and giving her a thorough physical exam, our skilled physicians and technicians may then perform any combination of the following breast imaging tests:
- CT scans
- Digital and / or traditional mammography
- Minimally invasive breast biopsy
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