Mammography

Mammography is an x-ray exam of the breasts to detect lumps when they’re too small to be detected by physical examination. These small lumps can indicate early stage breast cancer. Because size of the cancer at diagnosis is one of the most important predictors of outcome, mammography can lead to finding and treating breast cancer in its earliest and most curable stage, nearly one to three years before you might feel the lump in your breast.

Take advantage of 3D screening technology.

You now can choose to add 3D to your mammography screening. 3D technology was approved by the FDA in 2011 and published studies show that breast cancers are often better seen in 3D because of improved resolution and visualization.

With 3D, you can benefit in so many ways:

Finds smaller cancers sooner. As we know, finding cancers in the earliest stages increases chances of surviving it. The 3D technology helps our doctors find these sooner.

Important for women with dense breast tissue. 3D technology allows doctors to examine breast tissue one layer at a time, in contrast to standard imaging where overlapping dense breast tissue can make it hard to see signs of early cancer.

Reduces unnecessary callbacks. It's also proven to reduce call-back visits for additional testing when results have been unclear, because with 3D doctors have the ability to better see the fine details.

Early detection is key

American Cancer Society guidelines

If you are 40 or over:

  • Clinical breast exam every year before mammogram
  • Breast self-exam every month
  • Mammogram every year

If you are 20 to 39:

  • Clinical breast exam every three years
  • Breast self-exam every month

If you have a history of breast cancer in your family, discuss mammography screening guidelines and scheduling with your health care provider. To schedule a mammogram or other service, call 573-468-4151.

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