An uncomfortable couple of minutes getting a mammogram could just save your life. This simple X-ray procedure plays a key role in early breast cancer detection and survival.
A mammogram can be used either for screening or for diagnostic purposes:
Beginning at age 19, women should develop a routine to perform self breast exams and have a physical exam by a doctor annually to detect potentially cancerous lumps.
Following a mammogram, you may receive a letter notifying you that you have dense breasts. This means you have more fibrous or glandular tissue than fat. This is more common in young women. Women with dense breasts have a modestly elevated risk for breast cancer. It is important to discuss your results and family history with your doctor to determine appropriate screening measures.
If you have a family history of breast cancer, you should start annual screening mammograms before you reach age 40. Recent advancements in test methods, such as 3D mammography, ultrasound or breast MRI, provide additional benefits for women with dense breast tissue or a family history of breast cancer. To find out if your risk means you could benefit from one of these additional tests, talk with your Mercy OB/GYN.
Don’t wait. To schedule a mammogram or other breast cancer screening, contact Mercy at one of the locations shown below. Our goal is to keep you healthy, active and doing things you love.