Doctors from the Breast Diagnostic Clinic research diagnostic procedures and treatments for breast diseases. Areas of research include:

  • The use of drugs to reduce cancer risk (chemoprevention) for postmenopausal women at increased risk of developing breast cancer
  • The role of hormones in breast cancer prevention
  • Molecular breast imaging for evaluating breast symptoms and conditions
  • Biological markers that influence breast density on mammograms
  • Fluid retention and swelling (lymphedema) in the breast after surgery
  • Infection prevention after breast and underarm (axillary) surgery
  • Low-dose vaginal estrogens for treating the thinning and inflammation of the vaginal wall (vaginal atrophy)

Women's Cancer Program

Mayo Clinic doctors in the Women's Cancer Program conduct research in many areas to improve treatment for women who have breast and gynecologic cancers. Some studies may help determine which women with noncancerous (benign) breast disease are at risk for developing breast cancer.

As part of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, the Women's Cancer Program provides support classes, a resource center and educational programs for women who have cancer and their loved ones.