About Breast Cancer


The statistics are staggering—one in eight women will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. Despite advances made in breast cancer treatment, early detection remains the best way to fight the disease.

Breast cancer is the leading cancer among American women and is second only to lung cancer in cancer deaths. This year in the United States, about 252,710 women and 2,470 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.  An estimated 41,070 breast cancer deaths (40,610 women and 460 men) will occur in 2017. When breast cancer is found early, and confined to the breast, chances for survival are the greatest. Early detection saves lives!

Screening guidelines

For early detection of breast cancer, Gundersen Health System recommends screening mammography for all women starting at age 40. The frequency of screening varies according to national guidelines. Ask your doctor what is appropriate for you.

Women at increased risk of breast cancer may benefit from additional screening strategies. Your doctor can help you decide what those strategies are.

You may be at higher risk if:

  • You are age 50 or older
  • Your mother or sister has had breast cancer
  • You have already had cancer in one breast
  • You have had a prior breast biopsy


Breast Health at Gundersen Health System

At the Norma J. Vinger Center for Breast Care, comprehensive breast health services are offered to women of all ages. Our breast health specialists provide preventative and educational services as well as screening and diagnostic procedures—including mammography.

Our goal is to promote breast health and prevent breast cancer in as many women as possible.  We focus on early detection as it is a critical factor that allows most women to live normal lives. If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, our breast care coordinator will help guide you through your cancer journey—from the appointments you need to make to the doctors you need to see.


For more information, visit us at the  Norma J. Vinger Center for Breast Care.