To perform a breast self-exam for breast awareness, use a methodical approach that ensures you cover your entire breast. For instance, imagine that your breasts are divided into equal wedges, like pieces of a pie, and sweep your fingers along each piece in toward your nipple. Learn more.
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States. In fact, one in eight U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. That’s why education, screening and state-of-the-art breast cancer treatment is so important. Mayo Clinic Health System is committed to partnering with you on your breast care journey and providing the best breast care available.
All of your breast care is provided in one convenient location — The Women's Imaging Center. Services include modern screening and diagnostic mammography, breast biopsy and diagnostic ultrasound. With everything in one location, our experts are able to work more efficiently and effectively.
After you check in at the Women's Imaging Center, one of our team members will escort you to the mammography waiting room, which includes a private changing station and heated, plush robes. When you're mammogram is complete, you can head home, and a staff member will call you with your results.
If the radiologist detects something abnormal in your mammogram, a breast cancer care coordinator will partner with you through the rest of the journey. We can complete a second exam or a biopsy can be done. Once our team completes the pathology (lab work) for the biopsy, a surgeon can meet with you within a short period of time. Having a partner to guide you and answer your questions, in addition to follow-up testing, reduces anxiety and typically leads to better outcomes.
If you've received a breast cancer diagnosis, you may be feeling a wide range of emotions. Mayo Clinic Health System will help you and your family through every step of the journey — physically, emotionally and spiritually. We bring the knowledge of hundreds of Mayo Clinic cancer specialists — and the experience of treating more than a million patients — to you.
We specialize in providing numerous advanced cancer treatment programs, close to home, and offer a wide-range of supportive services including support groups, social services, financial counseling and more. Visit the Oncology page to learn about our oncology team, specialized cancer treatments and more.