Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis
Early diagnosis is the best defense against breast cancer. Most breast cancer is discovered through routine screening mammograms.
Our Breast Imaging Center sees 14,000 patients each year for screening, and each is examined by a physician who is certified by the American Board of Radiology and has been fellowship-trained in breast imaging.
Your radiologists will work closely with UC San Diego Health System breast surgeons, pathologists, and medical oncologists to provide breast cancer diagnosis, evaluation, and any necessary follow-up treatment. For more information on callbacks and results, see Screening and Diagnostic Mammograms.
When to get a mammogram
UC San Diego Health follows these guidelines for early detection of breast cancer:
- Women in their 20s and 30s: Breast exam by a physician every three years
- Women age 40 and above: Annual mammogram and clinical breast exam
- All women: Know how your breasts normally look and feel, and report any changes promptly to your health care provider.
Some women—because of a family history, a genetic tendency, or other factors—should receive more frequent screenings, screenings starting at an earlier age, or different kinds of tests. Talk with your doctor to find out if you fall in that category. At UC San Diego, we offer genetic testing through our Family Cancer Genetics Program.
Schedule an appointment: 619-543-3405
Appointments are available in Hillcrest (screening mammograms only) or at Moores Cancer Center in La Jolla. See Breast Imaging Center for more information, including office locations and directions.
We partner with Athena Breast Health Network. Athena brings together patients, doctors and researchers from UC San Diego Health and four other University of California medical centers to look at breast health in a whole new way and provide the best possible breast cancer screening, prevention and treatment for every patient.
At your mammogram you may be asked to complete Athena's online intake form. This will help UC San Diego Health develop a care plan for you. You may also be given the option to participate in breast health research.
Find out more about Athena.