Category Archives: Mammography Testing

New Guidelines for Breast Cancer Screening

American Cancer Society Released New Breast Cancer Guidelines

In October 2015, the American Cancer Society released new guidelines for breast cancer screening. Breast cancer screening is to find a possible disease in women or men who don’t have symptoms.

New Guideline Recommendations;

  • Most women should begin receiving their yearly mammograms at age 45.
  • Women should be able to start breast cancer screening as early as age 40.
  • At age 55 women should receive mammograms every other year and women who want to receive mammograms each year should be able to.
  • Mammogram screening should continue through a women’s healthy life.
  • Breast Exams, from a medical provider or self-exams, are no longer recommended.

Our local Medical Clinics believe it is Important to Self Examine and to find Breast Cancer Early

At Westland clinic we encourage your mammogram screening each year. Although the American Cancer Society has moved the screening date to a few years later we highly encourage performing self breast exams well before. For more information on Mammograms or self exams contact Westland Michigan Medical Clinic. Talk to our doctors about breast cancer screening by age 40 and share your personal and family medical history to help determine if you have an average or high risk of developing breast cancer. Women who are at high risk should begin breast cancer screening earlier and more often.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Getting Screened For Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which for some can represent strength, hope, and for some survival. This is a disease that affects mammography screening locations1 in every 8 women in America and is the second most common form of cancer in women. That is why this month is dedicated to promoting and educating women about getting screened for breast cancer. Many women don’t know that finding an abnormality in your breast tissue isn’t a death sentence any more. The National Cancer Association says that “When breast cancer is detected early (while in the localized stage) the 5-year relative survival rate is 100%”

The only way to know if you run the risk of having breast cancer is to talk to your doctor and to get tested.

When should you get tested?

If you are a woman who is in her mid 20’s to early 30’s the American Cancer Society recommends you receive a screening every 3 years.

If you are a woman who is over the age of 40 you should be tested every year to make sure you don’t have the early stages of breast cancer.

How do they do the test?

The most common way to test for breast cancer is by getting a Mammogram (or mammography as it is also known). Which uses low-doses of radiation to take x-rays of the breast tissue. A radiologist will assist with the procedure and your doctor will interpret the results.

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At our Westland and Livonia Medical Clinics we offer mammogram services for you or a loved one, and encourage you to take the time to get screened for possible breast cancer.

Knowledge is power, and power comes from knowing if you are at risk. Catching it early can help prevent the spread of the cells and possibly save your life. Please call us at Westland Phone: 734.728.2130 or Livonia Phone:  248.474.2220 to schedule your appointment today.

Mammogram Testing at Millennium Medical Group West

During a mammogram, your breasts are examined by X-rays to detect early breast cancer. The purpose of a doing a mammography exam is to help early detection, diagnose breast diseases, and reduce breast cancer deaths . Mammograms are commonly used because such tests help identify cancer early on, even if the patient does not have any symptoms.

At the Westland Clinic, we offer mammogram testing. Typically, a mammogram system comes in a box that holds a tube in which X-rays are made. This system is used for examining breasts with special tools to hold, compress, and position the breasts so that all angles of the images can be seen. Westland Clinic Mammography

Although X-rays are the oldest form of medical design, it is still the most used in hospitals and in clinics. Getting your body examined exposes your body to a tiny dosage of ionizing radiation. This allows for the X-rays to produce pictures from the inside of your body.

If you are interested in getting a mammogram done today by one of our Medical Clinic Doctors, please feel free to contact our Westland location at 734.728.2130.

5 Common Myths About Breast Cancer

It is expected that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. During this time, Millennium Medical Group encourages everyone to educate themselves and the people around them about breast cancer.

Myth 1: Men can’t get breast cancer.breast-cancer-awareness

Men are 100 times less likely than women to develop breast cancer. Yet, there are over 2,000 men each year who are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Myth 2: Only women with a family history can develop breast cancer and that your father’s family history does not matter. 

Did you know that 70 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer had no identifiable risk factors?  The history of  breast cancer on your father’s side is just as important as your mother’s in determining your chances of developing breast cancer.

Myth 3: It is impossible to get breast cancer after getting a mastectomy.

Getting a mastectomy reduces the chances of someone developing breast cancer by an average of 90 percent. There is not a preventative measure that can cause someone to never get breast cancer.

Myth 4: There is nothing that you can do to decrease your chances of breast cancer. You can only just check for the signs.

Making lifestyle changes can lower your risk of developing breast cancer. Making small changes such as getting regular exercise, reducing alcohol consumption, losing weight , or getting regular screenings can help reduce your risk.

Myth 5: Women with fibrocystic breasts have a greater chance of developing breast cancer.

There is no known connection between fibrocystic breasts and the development of breast cancer. It may be more difficult to differentiate between normal and cancerous tissues. Women with fibrocystic breast normally follow their mammogram with an ultrasound.

Recognize the signs:

  • Nipple tenderness
  • Lump development
  • Change in texture or enlargement of pores
  • Change in the size or shape of nipple
  • Swelling or shrinkage in breast size
  • Nipples appearing inward or inverted
  • Clear discharge or bloody discharge

Share this information with others in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. Schedule your appointment for a mammogram with Millennium Medical Group today in Michigan. 


Westland Medical Clinic Is Participating In National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the annual national campaign to increase the awareness of breast cancer. Also called NBCAM, October is the month were women, men, public service organizations, professional medical associations and government agencies work together to promote breast cancer awareness all over Michigan and the Nation.single-ribbon-pink-1121367-m

Early detection is imperative, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Individuals who detect this disease early in the localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is 98%. Said by the ‘National Cancer Institute’. Westland Medical offices are actively participating in your early detection and mammography testing for your breast health.

breast cancer awarenessOur Westland Michigan Medical clinic offers mammography exam also called a mammogram. This is a low-cost screening location. Call our office close to you, to schedule your mammogram and take these preventative early detection breast cancer awareness steps. One of the best ways to detect breast cancer early is to plan and practice these steps;

1. Self-breast exam

2. Schedule a Westland clinic breast exam or mammogram

Breast cancer affects millions of women, families and even men, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month raises awareness and is a type of health advocacy to give knowledge and services to individuals and families. Millennium Medical Group in Westland Michigan provides and encourages health care to families, communities and the public. Let us inform and help you this October and any time to early detect, diagnose and find treatment for breast cancer.