Saint Alphonsus Health System

Screening Tools

The concept of screening for breast cancer refers to our attempt to detect breast cancer in women who do not have any symptoms such as pain, a lump, nipple discharge, etc. If a woman does have breast-related symptoms, she is evaluated in more detail in reference to those symptoms.

In general, when we are referring to screening, we are talking about screening mammograms, breast self-examination, and an examination by a health care professional. Each of these topics will be covered in the following section. It should be noted that the discussions that follow refer to the woman at average risk. Women with a strong family history of breast cancer need more aggressive screening, which is discussed in the section under high risk (link to high risk).

Select a type of screening tool:

  • Mammography
  • Breast Self-Examination (BSE)
  • Clinical Breast Examination
  • High Risk Screening
  • Breast Ultrasound
  • Breast MRI