A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is a noninvasive medical test used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.
"Some ladies fear that a mammogram will be painful and choose to decline the procedure. Although they can be a little uncomfortable, they should not be painful and certainly beat the alternative of a cancer that has progressed beyond a treatable stage."
Martha Daniels BS,RT(R)(M)(CT)(QM)
Team Leader / Lead Mammographer
Cannon Memorial Hospital Imaging Department
Mammography is still considered the gold standard and most affordable screening tool available for breast cancer diagnosis.
The National Cancer Institute recommends:
- Women 40 years and older should get a mammogram every 1 to 2 years.
- Women who have had breast cancer or other breast problems or who have a family history of breast cancer might need to start getting mammograms before age 40, or might need to get them more often.
Talk to your doctor regarding when to start and how often you should have a mammogram.
"The digital mammograms performed at the Outpatient Imaging Center are more comfortable than previous mammograms. The compression has been redesigned to allow better and more comfortable compression. Having a mammogram can be a scary experience, but they help to diagnose breast cancer at a very early stage, which increases the survivor rate."
Gloria Payne, Chief Mammographer at Watauga Medical Center
Don't put it off - Schedule Your Mammogram Today!
Call (828) 268-9037 to schedule your mammogram in...
- Boone - Outpatient Imaging & Lab Center
- Linville - Cannon Memorial Hospital Imaging