Breast cancer is a common malignancy, with around 180,000 new cases diagnosed in the United States each year. The outlook for patients diagnosed with breast cancer is steadily improving. Screening and treatment programs are highly individualized and they reflect patient goals as well as highly-detailed information about individual tumor biology.

Today, many breast cancers are diagnosed at a small size and early stage on routine mammography. Compared to traditional mammography, digital mammography has been shown to be more sensitive in detecting cancer in women with dense breasts, women under the age of 50 and pre-menopausal women. The digital mammogram decreases the radiation dose, eliminates film processing and storage requirements, decreases a patient’s time to obtain a routine mammogram, and allows electronic transfer of mammograms from one facility to another. The Rivers Cancer Center Advanced Endoscopy and Diagnostics Center uses only digital mammography.

Many other tools are available for evaluating patients presenting with lumps, nipple drainage, dimpling on the skin, or breast pain.