Breast Health Clinic

If you’re concerned about a breast lump, have another symptom that may result from breast cancer (like nipple discharge or pain), or have an abnormal mammogram, ease your mind and have it evaluated at the Breast Health Clinic at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) or UW Medical Center-Northwest or Roosevelt.

They provide thorough and concise evaluations of breast abnormalities, develop individual screening plans for people at higher-than-average risk for breast cancer, and treat benign breast problems as well as breast cancer. Patients at the Breast Health Clinic have easy access to several imaging technologies available in all locations.

Benign Not cancer. Benign tumors may grow larger but do not spread to other parts of the body. Imaging In medicine, a process that makes pictures of areas inside the body. Imaging uses methods such as X-rays (high-energy radiation), ultrasound (high-energy sound waves) and radio waves. Mammogram An X-ray of the breast. An X-ray of the breast. A mammogram is a method of finding breast cancer that can’t be felt using the fingers. Mammograms are done with a special type of x-ray machine used only for this purpose. Screening Checking for disease when there are no symptoms. Because screening may find diseases at an early stage, there may be a better chance of curing the disease Checking for disease when there are no symptoms. Because screening may find diseases at an early stage, there may be a better chance of curing the disease. Examples of cancer screening tests are the mammogram (for breast cancer), colonoscopy (for colon cancer) and Pap and HPV tests (for cervical cancer). Screening can also include a genetic test to check for a person’s risk of developing an inherited disease. Symptom A physical or mental problem that a person experiences that may indicate a disease or condition. Symptoms cannot be seen and do not show up on medical tests. A physical or mental problem that a person experiences that may indicate a disease or condition. Symptoms cannot be seen and do not show up on medical tests. Some examples of symptoms are headache, fatigue, nausea and pain.

What to expect

When you visit the SCCA Breast Health Clinic, you can expect:

  • A discussion of breast imaging tests, such as digital mammography, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • A clinical breast exam by an experienced breast specialist and appropriate follow-up care as directed by your provider
  • Minor procedures, such as needle sampling or biopsy
  • Pre- and post-operative care, if you are having or have had breast surgery
  • Recommendations for a comprehensive, individualized screening program
  • A referral, if appropriate, for genetic screening

Our goal is to provide state-of-the-art, comprehensive breast health services with attention to individualized needs. We look forward to serving you.

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Imaging In medicine, a process that makes pictures of areas inside the body. Imaging uses methods such as X-rays (high-energy radiation), ultrasound (high-energy sound waves) and radio waves. Mammography The use of film or a computer to create a picture of the breast. Magnetic resonance imaging A procedure in which radio waves and a powerful magnet linked to a computer are used to create detailed pictures of areas inside the body. A procedure in which radio waves and a powerful magnet linked to a computer are used to create detailed pictures of areas inside the body. These pictures can show the difference between normal and diseased tissue. MRI makes better images of organs and soft tissue than other scanning techniques, such as computed tomography (CT) or X-ray. MRI is especially useful for imaging the brain, the spine, the soft tissue of joints and the inside of bones. Screening Checking for disease when there are no symptoms. Because screening may find diseases at an early stage, there may be a better chance of curing the disease Checking for disease when there are no symptoms. Because screening may find diseases at an early stage, there may be a better chance of curing the disease. Examples of cancer screening tests are the mammogram (for breast cancer), colonoscopy (for colon cancer) and Pap and HPV tests (for cervical cancer). Screening can also include a genetic test to check for a person’s risk of developing an inherited disease. Ultrasound A procedure that uses high-energy sound waves to look at tissues and organs inside the body. The sound waves make echoes that form pictures of the tissues and organs on a computer screen. A procedure that uses high-energy sound waves to look at tissues and organs inside the body. The sound waves make echoes that form pictures of the tissues and organs on a computer screen (sonogram). Ultrasound may be used to help diagnose diseases, such as cancer. It may also be used during pregnancy to check the fetus (unborn baby) and during medical procedures, such as biopsies. Also called ultrasonography.
Breast Health Clinic at SCCA South Lake Union
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