Yankton Medical Clinic offers ultrasound breast biopsies

Yankton Medical Clinic offers ultrasound breast biopsies Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is pleased to offer another method of breast biopsy to its patients. Mammotome breast biopsies can now be performed by ultrasound. By adding ultrasound-guided biopsies physicians are now able to better visualize and locate some types of lesions.

The ultrasound approach, just as the digital stereotactic computerized x-ray approach, takes less time than open surgical biopsy and can be performed under local anesthesia. Physicians use the procedure to precisely retrieve breast tissue for diagnosis. Patients who have undergone the procedure say there is very little pain or recuperation time associated with the technique.

Each year, as many as one million women in the United States undergo breast biopsies to check for cancer. Although approximately 80 percent of these biopsies are benign, the American Cancer Society estimates that one out of every nine women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, making the need for accurate, early detection more important than ever.

Yankton Medical Clinic recommends following the American Cancer Society's mammography guidelines: monthly breast self-examinations for women 20 or older; clinical breast exams by a healthcare professional every three years between the ages of 20 and 39 and annual exams for women 40 and over.

Women aged 40 and over should have a screening mammogram every year. Women whose medical histories indicate a special risk should consult their physician about beginning periodic exams at an earlier age.

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