Breast Health and Mammograms
Breasts play many roles women's lives. Regardless of size or shape, keeping your breasts healthy means to learning what's normal and what's not. Knowing what your breasts feel like can help you recognize when something changes. Know what's normal, and when to call your doctor.
For many women, breast health includes concerns about breast lumps, breast pain or nipple discharge. Among younger women, common breast problems include breast pain, cysts, lumps, and small bumps. For older women, the concern is more likely breast cancer. Each year, about 300,000 American women are diagnosed with some form of breast cancer, and about 40,000 die of it.
Breast Exam / Mammogram
A breast exam may be performed during your office visit and a mammogram may be recommended depending on your age. American College of Gynecology (ACOG) releases guidelines every year on mammogram and Pap smear recommendations. Depending on your family history, breast exam, last year’s mammogram results and your comfort level, the frequency of the mammogram will be determined during your wellness visit. We try to balance limiting radiation to the patient versus detecting early cancers.
$130 3D Mammogram Screenings
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we will be offering a $130 special in October.
For women, breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1990, and these decreases are believed to be the result, in part, of earlier detection and improved treatment.
Mammography plays a central part in early detection of breast cancers because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. Current guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) recommend screening mammography every year for women, beginning at age 40. (RadiologyInfo.org)