Breast Health & Imaging
Breast Cancer Screening: Mammography
Screening mammography is used to find early stage breast cancer at a time when it is more easily cured—when the cancer is still too small to be felt as a lump, and when the risk of cancer spreading is still low. Dartmouth-Hitchcock offers the latest breast health services and mammography breast exams including 2-dimensional (2-D) digital mammography and 3-D digital breast mammography tomosynthesis.
When Should I Start Having Mammograms?
Women who prefer to maximize life-extending benefits and seek improved treatment options for breast cancer should choose annual screening starting at age 40. They should continue as long as they are in good health.
Get the facts about your options for starting mammograms, with this decision aid on our Dartmouth-Hitchcock Healthwise® Health Encyclopedia website.
If your screening mammogram suggests that you need further testing, we have a full range of diagnostic tests including additional mammography, breast ultrasound, MRI, and if needed, breast biopsy. Our highly trained team of radiologists from Dartmouth-Hitchcock works closely with the Comprehensive Breast Program at Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) to provide a thorough diagnosis and approach to your breast health.
Evaluation and Treatment
The Norris Cotton Cancer Center is an NCI accredited cancer center and academic research facility with a national reputation. The Comprehensive Breast Program is able to offer many types of standard and new treatments, including national and regional clinical trials that might not be available at smaller community hospitals. Through an integrated approach, highly trained specialists from a variety of medical disciplines work together to provide the very best treatment plan, and to deliver a range of medical and supportive services focused on you, not just your disease.
In addition to the resources available on the D-H web pages referenced above, the following sites provide good introductions to various aspects of breast health, imaging and procedures.
- Breast Cancer Treatments
Norris Cotton Cancer Center's descriptions of common types of breast cancer treatments
- Breast Cancer Guide
The American Cancer Society's comprehensive guide for patients
- Breast Cancer Portal
The National Cancer Institute's portal to information for patients, health care providers, and researchers
Breast Health Doctors on Local Radio Programs
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Radiologists Daniel J. Abbis, DO and Todd A. Noce, DO recently provided a comprehensive overview of breast health, including screening guidelines as well as the newest advances in screening options such as the new 3-dimensional technology, on three local radio programs. Select the links below to hear the interviews.