Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in American women, but with education and screenings, we can detect breast cancer early, when it is most treatable.
The risk of breast cancer increases sharply with age and a mammogram can improve your chances for early detection of breast cancer by adhering to these guidelines for good breast health:
- Perform a breast self-exam every month.
- Schedule regular, yearly mammograms. Most doctors recommend that you begin having yearly mammograms at age 40.
- Have a clinical breast exam conducted by a healthcare professional every year.
- If warning signs appear, such as pain, a lump you can feel, or nipple discharge, see your doctor immediately.
- Talk with your doctor about other ways to reduce your risk, including proper diet and exercise.
Getting a Yearly Mammogram
A mammogram is a safe, low-dose x-ray that can detect irregularities in the breast, sometimes even before you or your doctor can feel a lump. In our women’s imaging center, you’ll benefit from sophisticated digital mammography systems that improve your comfort, require less time and, most of all, enhance image quality to aid in the early detection of breast cancer. With digital mammography, doctors view the x-ray on a computer screen, and can manipulate areas of concern to enlarge, brighten and more closely study abnormalities. According to recent studies, digital mammography detects up to 28% more cancers in women 50 and younger and in women with dense breast tissue. Since there is no film to develop, exam times are shorter and follow-up tests are required less often.
Memorial Hospital’s diagnostic center performs both screening and diagnostic mammograms to detect breast cancer and other breast abnormalities. In addition to our digital breast mammography, Memorial offers Breast Ultrasound, Sterotactic Breast Biopsies, and Breast MRIs.
Advanced Stereotactic / MRI Breast Biopsy Capabilities
If your mammogram detects an abnormality, we can conduct a biopsy, where a small tissue sample is taken to determine if cancer is present. Though the majority of biopsies find no cancer, this minimally invasive procedure is the best way to be sure. Using advanced targeting and guidance technology; this procedure can be performed with pinpoint accuracy. It requires only a small incision and local anesthesia.
For additional information on any of our services for women,
or to arrange for an appointment, please call 813-342-1440.