One in eight women will get breast cancer during their lifetime! Although there are several factors affecting a woman’s risk for developing breast cancer, age is the primary risk factor. Most frequently, breast cancer is diagnosed in
women between the ages of 50 and 64. According to the American Cancer Society, the chances of women getting diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 40 is 1 in 68; by age 50 it becomes 1 in 43; and by the age of 60, it is 1 in 29.
The women’s health specialists at Graham Health System make prevention, early detection and treatment of breast cancer a top priority. Our Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers work hard to help ensure you get your annual breast screenings.
The Graham Imaging Department offers state-of-the-art 3D digital mammography, an on-site board certified radiologist to read images and certified mammography technologists, all offering compassionate quality care, all close to home.
When should women start having mammograms?
- Women ages 49 and under should consult with their physician to determine when a screening mammogram should become part of their yearly exam.
- Women who are ages 50-74 are encouraged to have At least one mammogram every 24 months (or as director by your healthcare provider)
- Women who are 75 years and over should consult with their physician to determine the appropriateness including a screening mammogram as part of their healthcare plan.
In addition to a screening mammogram, all women should perform a monthly self-breast exam to look for changes in their breasts.
The Graham Imaging Department offers Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography. This low dose imaging technology captures pictures at different angles to generate thin cross-sections proving higher quality images than 2D technology. With
one in every eight women being diagnosed with breast cancer in their life, Graham also offers diagnostic imaging – for those in need of additional imaging.
What happens when you have an abnormal mammogram? You will need additional imaging or a diagnostic mammogram. The radiologist will view your images to help determine your next steps. If you need to see a breast surgeon, Graham has the
skilled breast surgeons to assist you.
Our surgeons offer breast surgery evaluations as well as these breast surgeries here at Graham:
- Lumpectomy – removal of the cancer
- Mastectomy – removal of the entire breast
- Sampling of the lymph nodes or removal of the lymph nodes (in the armpit)
- Placements of ports for cancer treatment
It is important to know not all breast cancers are treated equally. There are many additional treatments and types of therapy to treat breast cancer. Our surgeons will review each of these treatments with you and help you determine provide the best options for you personally.
Remember, early detection saves lives!
At Graham, you can schedule your screening mammogram by visiting your MyGraham Patient Portal. A doctor’s referral is not needed.
Most insurances cover mammography at 100%, leaving no out-of-pocket expenses to you. However, if you need assistance to ensure you receive your annual mammogram, we have many options to help you.