Breast Health Care at Sky Ridge Medical Center
At Sky Ridge, we have all of your breast health needs covered, including breast health screening exams. From the initial screening exam, our team is compassionate, caring and highly experienced.
Mammography Locations & Appointments
- Invision/Sally Jobe at Sky Ridge: Evergreen Medical Office Building, 10107 RidgeGate Parkway, Suite 110, Lone Tree, CO 80124
- Invision/Sally Jobe in Castle Rock: 1175 S Perry St, Castle Rock, CO 80104
Breast Disease Diagnosis & Breast Cancer Screening Program
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in women, representing approximately 14 percent of all new cancer cases in the United States. Treatments for breast cancer have significantly advanced and survival rates have steadily improved since the 1990s. Early detection has contributed greatly.
There is conflicting information available concerning breast self-exams. On the one hand, research shows that breast cancer survival has not improved whether or not women perform a self-exam. However, healthcare professionals emphasize that there is value in conducting a regular breast self-exam in order to help identify breast cancer in its early stages.
What’s Normal and What’s Not
There is no “normal” or “standard” breast among women. Breasts differ in size, shape and density, and often one breast will be slightly different from its pair. Pregnancy as well as monthly cycles can change the size and tenderness of your breasts. If you have any concerns, share them with your healthcare provider.
Breast Cancer Screening
The goal of all cancer screenings is to help identify cancer in an early stage. In the case of breast cancer screenings, women over 40 years old should have a mammogram and clinical breast exam conducted annually. Women ages 20-39 should have a clinical breast exam conducted every three years.
At Sky Ridge, we use leading-edge technology to produce the most accurate images possible. All scans are read by sub-specialty, board-certified radiologists (doctors who specialize in understanding images of the body) who specialize in breast disease diagnosis. We partner with the Invision/Sally Jobe Breast Network to provide diagnostic mammography and other breast imaging tests.
MRI of the breast is not a replacement for a mammogram or ultrasound, but a supplemental tool for detecting and staging breast cancer and other breast abnormalities.
A MRI of the breast is performed to:
- Assess multiple tumor locations, especially prior to Breast conservation surgery.
- Identify early breast cancer not detected through other means, especially in women with dense breast tissue and those at high risk for the disease.
- Evaluate abnormalities detected by mammography or ultrasound.
- Distinguish between scar tissue and recurrent tumors.
- Determine whether cancer detected by mammography, ultrasound, or after surgical biopsy has spread further in the breast or into the chest wall. assess the effect of chemotherapy.
- Provide additional information on a diseased breast to make treatment decisions.
- Determine the integrity of breast implants.
Your doctor will determine if you need a breast MRI, and the team at Sky Ridge will help you get it scheduled.
Additional Screening Tools
Dr. Joyce Moore, Breast Surgeon was featured on CBS HealthONE HealthMinute
Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines
From the American Cancer Society
- Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health
- Clinical breast exam (CBE) about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over
- Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change promptly to their health care provider. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s.
- Some women—due to family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors—should be screened with MRI in addition to mammograms. Talk with your doctor about your history and whether you should have additional tests at an earlier age.