When Should I get a Mammogram?
Women should have their first mammogram at age 40 and then have another mammogram every year. Talk to your physician about any symptoms or changes in your breasts, or if breast cancer runs in your family. They may recommend that you have mammograms before age 40 or more often than usual.
Women 40 and over:
Mammogram yearly, Clinical breast exam yearly, Breast self-exam monthly. Breast self-exam monthly.
Clinical breast exam every 3 years. Breast self-exam monthly.
Will it Hurt?
A number of factors can affect whether a mammogram hurts including breast structure, anxiety about the mammogram, or if the position of the machine is not right. Women who experience pain should notify the technician.
A mammogram should not hurt so much that it deters future tests.
What If Something Is Found On My Mammogram?
A positive result on a mammogram can be frightening, but does not necessarily point to cancer. Most questionable and positive mammograms require further diagnostic tests.
It Matters Where You Get Your Mammogram
3D Breast Tomosynthesis/Full Field Digital Mammography and Computer Aided Detection are technological breakthroughs in Breast Imaging, providing a revolutionary combination of diagnostic imaging capabilities, changing mammography and breast care forever.
This technology converts the images into very thin slices or layers allowing the radiologist to see breast tissue more clearly. 3D Breast Tomosynthesis can find cancers even earlier with a 27% increase in cancer detection, 40% for invasive cancers.
Patients will find their 3D Digital mammography experience efficient and reassuring – knowing BVRMC has the most advanced technology available in breast imaging.
Images of the entire breast are clearer, regardless of tissue density.
CAD – Computer Aided Detection in 3D Digital mammography helps to improve accuracy and identify areas that may contain abnormal tissue.
Breast Cancer Facts
Only lung cancer causes more cancer deaths in women. Simply being a woman and getting older adds to your chance for breast cancer.
A woman’s chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime is 1 in 8.
More than 40,000 women die yearly of breast cancer. 1 every 13 minutes.
Cure rates are very high when breast cancer is diagnosed and treated at an early stage.
Are You At Risk?
Risk depends on a combination of lifestyle and personal traits known as “risk factors” (your chances of getting cancer). The following “risk factors” are strongly related to the disease and can alert you and your doctor to the need for careful follow-up:
- A family history of breast cancer; especially in your mother, sister(s) or daughter(s).
- Age in general, the older you are, the greater your chance.
- Never having given birth to a child.
- Having your first child after age 30.
- First menstrual period at an early age and/or late menopause.
- A history of breast biopsies that are not cancer.
- Other breast conditions.
Early Detection Saves Lives
Regular screening for breast cancer is an important part of your health plan. The following are recommendations from the American Cancer Society for early detection of breast cancer:
BVRMC Offers You…
An Accredited Mammography program, assuring compliance with the highest standards to give you state-of-the-art breast imaging.
Dr. Ingrid Franze, MD, Board Certified Radiologist with many years of experience in mammography and breast imaging.
3 registered technologists with advanced training and certification in mammography.
3D screening and diagnostic imaging mammography services available in an environment designed especially for women.
Minimally invasive stereotactic breast biopsy.
Avoiding a mammogram because of financial worries? You may be able to receive cancer screening tests at no cost to you. For more information contact us at 712.213.8691.