Mammography Q & A
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Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women today (after lung cancer) and is the most common cancer among women, excluding skin cancers. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 200,000 American women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer each year. It's estimated that 40,410 women will die from breast cancer in the United States this year.
According to the American Cancer Society, regular mammograms for women over age 40 are the most effective method of detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages. In fact, the five-year survival rate for the disease is 98% when detected in one of its two earliest stages.
What is a Mammogram?
Mammography is an exam of the breast that takes about 20 minutes to complete. Specialized, low-dose x-ray equipment produces an image of the breast on film so a qualified physician can examine it. Only one or two mammograms in every 1,000 lead to a diagnosis of cancer. Approximately 10% of women will require additional mammograms, but don't be alarmed. Only 8 to 10% of these will need a biopsy, and 80% will test negative for cancer.
Who should have a Mammogram?
Experts recommend that most women have a baseline mammogram between the ages of 35 and 40, followed up with annual mammograms beginning at age 40. A woman with a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors should ask her physician when to begin having mammograms.
Where should you have your Mammogram?
Women of Montgomery County trust that they'll receive the advantages of modern medicine, the talents of skilled professionals and the benefits of technologically-advanced equipment, right here at home. Our diagnostic radiologists specialize in reading breast images. Their skill and expertise allows them to identify abnormalities, interpret their significance and often provide a report of their findings to your doctor within 48 to 72 hours.
Certified by the federal Food & Drug Administration under the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA), we offer extended hours for your convenience: Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM and Saturdays from 8:00 AM to Noon.