Breast Cancer Diagnosis
University Breast Health Center
Professional Office Building 2
818 St. Sebastian Way, Suite 205
706/774-4141 or toll-free 866/774-4141
The most common symptom of breast cancer is a lump or mass in the breast usually detected through a breast self-exam or a routine screening mammogram. Although eight out of 10 lumps are not cancerous, every lump should be evaluated. Yearly mammograms are covered by Medicare and most insurance companies.
If you discover a lump, call your personal physician immediately. If you don't have a physician or your physician is unavailable, call the center. The Breast Health Specialists will work with you to locate a physician or to schedule the necessary appointments as soon as possible.
Diagnosis begins with a clinical breast exam, which may be followed by diagnostic mammography, ultrasound or other imaging procedures with results reported promptly. These procedures are performed in physicians' offices, the Imaging Center and University's Radiology Department. The Breast Health Center can help you schedule the appropriate appointments.
Your physician may suggest a biopsy to assist in determining if a lump is cancerous. Although there are several types of biopsies, including the minimally invasive Mammotone procedure, all remove tissue samples for a pathologist to examine for the presence of cancer. If you are scheduled for a biopsy, take comfort in the fact that 80 percent of all breast biopsies rule out cancer.
The center also offers the area's first digital mobile mammography unit on the Women's Wellness on Wheels. More women in our community now have access to breast cancer screening thanks to this new 40-foot mobile mammography unit.
Equipped with state-of-the-art mammography and onboard film processing equipment in a comfortable setting, the unit visits area businesses and industries to offer screening mammograms to employees who may not otherwise schedule this potentially lifesaving test.