At Sentara, we encourage regular health screenings as an important part of our mission: We improve health every day. Screening is a proactive and preventative strategy used to identify cancers or other diseases in people who don't have typical signs or symptoms. Screening allows for earlier diagnosis, which often leads to better treatment outcomes.


Mammography beginning at age 40 offers the best chance of detecting an early breast cancer. However, you should discuss your individual risk with your physician to decide what timing is right for you.

A mammogram is the best way to detect cancer of the breast in its earliest stages – in many cases up to two years before it can be felt or other symptoms appear.

3D Mammography

Tomosysthesis technology, also known as a 3D mammogram, allows radiologists to see cancer more easily and sooner than ever before.

Clinical breast exam

Clinical breast exams should be part of a periodic health exam - about every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over.

Breast awareness and breast self-exam

Women should know how their breasts normally feel and report any breast change promptly to their healthcare providers. Breast self-exams are an option for women starting in their 20s.