Early Detection Saves Lives
Screenings, such as mammograms, are ways to detect disease in women who don't have symptoms. The American Cancer Society (ACS) says the goal of mammograms is to find breast cancer in women at an early stage so that it can be treated successfully.
“Breast cancers found during monthly self-examinations tend to be larger and are more likely to have spread beyond the breast,” according to the ACS.
However, breast cancers found during routine mammograms are more apt to be small and contained in the breast.
“The size of a breast cancer (lump) and how far it has spread are important factors in predict- ing the outlook for a woman with this disease,” says the ACS.
Long story short: Early detection saves lives.
St. Joseph’s Area Health Services understands the importance of making high-level technology available to women in our area communities. Digital mammography and CAD enhance the detection and assist radiologists in flagging abnormalities.
Mammographies are capable of identifying an abnormal breast mass as early as two years before it can be detected by touch.
It’s important to see your primary care provider to get routine physical breast exams and to schedule your mammogram.
There’s no need to travel. Tell your provider you would like to have your mammogram with St. Joseph’s Imaging Department.
Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines for Most Women