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Breast cancer

Breast cancer is most common in women, but can also affect men. Often, it's detected after finding a lump in the breast or a noticeable change in the size, shape or skin of the breast. Mammograms are crucial for diagnosis, early detection and more effective treatments.

Breast cancer centers along the Wasatch Front

At MountainStar Healthcare, we understand that a breast cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming.

At MountainStar Healthcare, our breast care centers offer advanced digital and 3D mammography technology to protect your health. Our renowned specialists and certified technologists are dedicated to making you feel safe and secure in our welcoming environment, as you are our priority. To schedule a mammogram, call (801) 476-7900.

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Free medical information is just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Breast cancer risk factors

The following factors indicate a higher risk for developing breast cancer:

  • Age—The chance of developing breast cancer increases as a woman gets older.
  • Breast density—Having dense breasts can increase your likelihood of developing breast cancer.
  • Genes—Women who have family members with breast or ovarian cancer may be at a higher risk of developing breast cancer.
  • Personal factors—Personal factors that place women at a higher risk of developing breast cancer include beginning a period before 12 years old or going through menopause after 55 years old.

Additional breast cancer risk factors include:

  • Being overweight
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Not having children or having your first child after 35 years old
  • Taking birth control pills
  • Using hormone replacement therapy (also called menopausal hormone therapy)

Screening for breast cancer

Breast cancer screening is one of the most proactive steps a woman can take in the early detection of breast cancer. Our hospitals offer a variety of screenings to ensure breast health, including:

  • Breast ultrasounds
  • Breast ultrasound biopsies
  • Genetic counseling for high-risk patients
  • Mammography


Mammogram screenings use low-dose X-ray imaging technology to examine breast tissue. Our hospitals use mammography to diagnose breast cancer and breast tissue anomalies, such as tumors and other breast diseases.

During a mammogram, an imaging technician will position your breasts on the imaging equipment. To ensure a high-quality picture, the breast must be somewhat compressed. The mammogram compresses the breast for a few seconds while an image is taken. You and the technician are the only ones in the room during the mammogram.

The entire procedure takes about 15 minutes, but the actual breast compression only lasts a few seconds. You may feel some discomfort when your breasts are compressed.

3D mammography

Digital mammograms provide a two-dimensional image of a 3D breast. Overlapping layers of tissue can sometimes create unclear results, resulting in false positives or false negatives of breast cancer.

3D mammograms provide a series of detailed images of the breast, which allow the technician and doctor to better evaluate breast tissue layer by layer. This procedure makes fine details more visible and no longer hidden by overlapping tissue. It may also help detect breast cancer up to 15 months earlier than conventional methods.

Solis Mammography

Some MountainStar Healthcare Hospitals have partnered with Solis Mammography, a department of HCA Healthcare and MountainStar Healthcare to provide advanced mammography services. Solis Mammography serves as our onsite provider of comprehensive breast imaging services at multiple MountainStar Healthcare hospitals, including St. Mark’s Hospital, Ogden Regional Medical Center, Timpanogos Regional Hospital and Lakeview Hospital. Solis specializes in breast screening, greater accuracy through 3D mammography, and a warm and welcoming environment designed to deliver a better experience to the patients we serve.

To schedule a mammogram through Solis Mammography at Timpanogos Regional Hospital, call (866) 717-2551 or schedule online.

Signs and symptoms of breast cancer

Signs and symptoms of breast cancer can include:

  • A new lump in the breast or underarm
  • Dimpling of the breast
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood
  • Pain in the nipple area
  • Redness or irritation in the nipple area
  • Thickening or swelling of part of the breast

Breast self-exams and mammograms can help find breast cancer early when it is most treatable.

Treatment for breast cancer

After a diagnosis is provided, our doctors discuss individual care options for the patient, including treatment plans.

The most common treatments for breast cancer include:

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