Screening and Diagnosis

You can take an active role in the timely detection of breast abnormalities by getting an annual clinical breast examination by your primary care provider and by performing breast self-examinations every month. In addition, the American Cancer Society recommends annual screening mammograms for women beginning at age 40, or sooner if you have a family history of the disease.

The latest in mammography technology — high-resolution digital mammography — is offered at both campuses of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City and Pomona.

Digital mammography systems offer several advantages over older mammography systems that record breast images on X-ray film. For example, digital breast images can be enhanced or zoomed-in for a more detailed view. Our digital mammography system also has a special computer program that scans breast images and highlights potential abnormalities for the radiologist who is reviewing the study. This technology is known as computer-aided detection (CAD).

If a mammogram or breast exam detects a lump or abnormality, your doctor may want to conduct additional testing (a biopsy) to determine the presence of cancer. At AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, doctors perform several types of minimally invasive procedures to diagnose breast cancer — including ultrasound-guided biopsy and stereotactic breast biopsy. Minimally invasive biopsies offer numerous benefits to patients, including a faster recovery time with less post-procedure pain and little or no scarring.

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