Mammography is remarkable diagnostic tool that can find cancer in its earliest stages, when the cure rate is extremely high and surgical solutions may be simpler. The level of radiation needed to produce a high quality mammogram (image of the breast) is so low, like natural radiation in our environment, it is well within the safe range.
Mammograms play a central part in the early detection of breast cancer because they can detect changes in the breast that may be early signs of cancer, but are too small or subtle to be felt.
At Minden Medical Center, getting a mammogram is a simple procedure offered as an outpatient service in our Breast Care Center. The Breast Care Center is equipped with safe and advanced technology and is staffed exclusively by registered women technologists who show special consideration because they understand your feelings and your need for privacy first hand.
The use of mammography has greatly enhanced the ability to detect breast cancers at earlier stages. Now, a new technology called digital mammography shows great promise in the fight against breast cancer.
The latest American Cancer Society guidelines recommend that all women begin having yearly mammograms by age 45 and can get mammograms every other year beginning at age 55. Women at average risk for breast cancer should have the option to start screening for breast cancer with a yearly mammogram as early as age 40 if they’d like. Women with certain risk factors should discuss an appropriate screening program and timeline with their physician.
Click here to learn more about mammograms from the American Cancer Society.
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