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Mammography

Breast cancer's numbers continue to rise, with nearly one in nine women are likely to develop the disease sometime in their lifetime. If diagnosed early however, the remission rate is well over 85 percent. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), mammograms are still the gold standard in screening for breast cancer.

Breast imaging recommendations may vary according to your personal risk for breast cancer. The ACS website has a tool to help you calculate your risk: http://www.cancer.gov/bcrisktool/

For women with at an average risk for breast cancer, the American Cancer Society has the following guidelines for Screening Mammography: http://www.cancer.org/

  • Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) if they wish to do so.
  • Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
  • Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening.
  • Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.
  • All women should be familiar with the known benefits, limitations, and potential harms linked to breast cancer screening. They also should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast changes to a health care provider right away.
  • Some women - because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors - should be screened with MRIs along with mammograms. (The number of women who fall into this category is very small.) Talk with a health care provider about your risk for breast cancer and the best screening plan for you.

An FDA approved product called Mammopad, is regularly used when performing mammography at ERMC. Mammopad is a layer of foam padding that is placed on the compression plate. Mammopad gives the breast tissue a bit of cushion, prevents slipping and adds warmth to the cool plates.

For More Information

Mammograms can be scheduled Monday-Friday. Evening appointments are available in order to accommodate hectic schedules. Walk-ins are welcome if; You are a woman over 40 years of age, are asymptomatic, it's been 1 year since your last mammogram and have a current physician.

Contact the Radiology Department at (517) 663-9426