Breast cancer screening

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Breast cancer screening

General information

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women, however, if diagnosed on time, it can be cured. Therefore, Creu Blanca offers Breast Cancer Screening.

Who is it for?

Women with a family history of breast cancer. Women with genetic tumor markers Women with dense breasts or dense fibroglandular tissue.

Protocol

The screening consists of the following tests:

Full medical examination conducted by a general practitioner Bilateral screening mammogram MRI scan of the breast with an intravenous contrast agent If necessary, analysis to examine genetic tumor markers, biopsies, ultrasound scans or other tests that the doctor should see fit.

Process

At the scheduled time of your visit, you will need to come (without having eaten beforehand) to the center where your checkup is to be carried out. Before starting the series of tests, you will visit with the doctor in charge of your checkup. Said doctor will be responsible for writing up your medical history as well as offering you guidance as to which tests are advisable in your case and which specialists you should visit. This doctor will also be in charge of writing up the final report as well as making the appropriate medical recommendations. Once the visit has been concluded, those tests requiring fasting will be conducted. After breakfast, we will continue with the rest of the tests and, if necessary, you will visit with the specialists.

Delivery of Results

Once all of the tests have been conducted, the doctor in charge of the medical examination will make a first assessment of the results.

Two days later, you will be scheduled for another visit so that we can make the delivery of the final report as well as the appropriate medical recommendations.

  • Bilateral scanning mammograms

A mammogram is simply an X-ray of the breast. It is a quick and painless test, although sometimes it can be uncomfortable. Mammograms are the most efficient examination in the early detection of malignant breast tumors. However, they have limitations, especially in young women with dense breasts. Mammograms are less efficient in the detection of breast cancer in young women due to the fact that young women’s breasts tend to have dense glandular tissue. Therefore, it is highly recommendable that young women in particular have complementary tests done.

  • Breast MRIs

The advantage of MRIs is that, unlike X-rays, they do not emit any sort of radiation. The patient simply lies face down on the examination table, her breasts placed comfortably into padded holes. The contrast agent is administered through an IV. The examination table is then placed inside the MRI tube. The technician will ask the patient to refrain from moving while the image capturing takes place. Each image gathered shows small horizontal slices of the breast tissues. Once all of the images have been compiled, the breast may be examined from different points of view. The procedure is completely painless.

  • Tumor Markers

By way of blood extraction, we are able to check for any predisposition in the body to the development of breast cancer. According to various studies, 80% of all families in which there are multiple cases of breast and ovarian cancer, show mutations in the BRCA1 gene. Other studies show that the BRCA2 gene is responsible for 35% of all hereditary breast cancers. This analysis is only necessary if you have a history of breast cancer in your family.

Breast cancer screening