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Reduce your risk of breast cancer, or detect breast cancer early—when it’s easier to treat. The breast health specialists at Essentia's cancer centers can help you maintain your breast health through education, screening, diagnosis, and treatment.
Talk to your primary care provider or gynecologist about your breast health if you notice:
Ideally you should have a clinical breast exam performed by your primary care provider or gynecologist every year. During a clinical breast exam, your provider checks your breasts for warning signs of breast cancer.
Between appointments, we encourage self-breast awareness. Breast self-awareness is different from breast self-exam. Breast self-awareness is knowing how your breasts normally look and feel. Your breasts change as you go through different stages of your life. So it's important to learn what is normal for you.
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When breast cancer is caught early, it’s easier to treat. That’s why Essentia Health recommends women with an average risk of developing breast cancer get a mammogram every year beginning at age 40. You and your doctor may decide that you need mammograms less often after you turn 75.
In Minnesota, the following locations participate in the Sage Screening Program, which offers free mammograms to women who meet eligibility requirements:
See the full list of conditions we treat, and select a condition to find providers and locations near you.
Access a wide range of breast imaging services through Essentia Health. Your provider may use breast imaging to detect or diagnose breast disease. Depending on your symptoms and breast density, your provider may recommend:
Your care team may include:
Your risk of breast cancer depends on many factors. Work with our breast health care team to learn about your risk and develop a personalized care plan. Your plan may include breast cancer education, lifestyle changes, genetic counseling and testing, and/or custom screening recommendations.
The Essentia Health High-Risk Breast Cancer Program focuses on helping patients understand their risk for developing breast cancer. After a thorough history, examination and education session, patients and the Breast Health Program Nurse Practitioner partner together to form a personalized plan of care.
You can control some of your breast cancer risk factors. To lower your risk of developing breast cancer, make healthy lifestyle choices.
Trust Essentia Health for high-quality, evidence-based breast care. Our breast health programs in Brainerd and Duluth, Minnesota and Fargo, North Dakota are accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). This accreditation is granted to programs that are committed to providing the best possible care to patients with breast diseases.
Talk to your doctor to see if you may be eligible to participate in a research study through the Essentia Institute of Rural Health. By participating in a clinical study, you may have access to treatments, medications and medical devices that are not widely available.
Essentia Health Cancer Center (Duluth)Call 218-786-1019
Essentia Health Cancer Center (Fargo)Call 701-364-8910
Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Cancer Center (Brainerd)Call 218-828-3113