Updated: Oct 16, 2019
Breast Cancer Screening is still a subject of great debate. The US Preventive Services Task Force, the American Cancer Society, American College of OB-GYN, American College of Physicians, and the American Academy of Family Physicians all adhere to different guidelines regarding screening mammograms (1). Currently mammograms are considered the gold standard for screening; however, there are many limitations with routine mammograms. Patient’s with a genetic predisposition, very dense breasts, or history of breast implants may have false negative screening mammograms. This misses opportunities to identify and treat the earliest signs of breast cancers, which leads to more extensive disease by the time it is caught.
At WellMax, we believe breast MRI is the best imaging modality for all women, but especially high-risk females, to screen for breast cancers. Breast MRIs are more specific and sensitive than mammograms and do not expose patients to any radiation (2). Breast cancers are more likely to be detected earlier with MRIs which allows for early treatment, which ultimately leads to better outcomes. If a breast cancer is missed for an entire year, it can start to spread and increase the chance of requiring adjunct treatment with chemotherapy and radiation therapy in addition to surgical excision. WellMax believes in early detection to minimize the negative outcomes for our patients. Get your breasts checked today!