Early Detection with Mammograms
The American Cancer Society reports one out of every eight women in the U.S. will develop Breast Cancer. In Colorado, that number is one out of every seven women.
Early detection by way of mammography, regular self breast examination, and regular examination by your physician can significantly increase the chance of survival by up to 95%.
In alliance with the American College of Radiology, the Society of Breast Imaging and many major cancer organizations, Diversified Radiology strongly recommends women begin their ANNUAL screening mammography routine at age 40, and that women with a family history of breast cancer consult with their primary care physician about when to get their baseline mammogram and if additional imaging is needed.
Mammography uses x-rays to produce images of the breast and requires compression, so it is important to schedule your exam when your breasts are not tender. Screening mammograms are performed when a patient has no breast complaints while diagnostic mammograms are specialized studies to address a specific breast complaint.
Mammography is the only screening test proven to decrease the chance of death resulting from breast cancer and has proven to find malignant tumors before they come clinically evident (sometimes years before).
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How to prepare and what to expect during your mammogram
After your exam:
Ask when your results will be available. Do not assume the results are normal if you do not hear from your doctor or the mammography facility.