A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast that is used to screen for breast cancer. Screening tests help your doctor look for certain diseases or conditions before any symptoms appear. Having a mammogram can increase your chance of finding a problem early, at a more treatable stage. Often a mammogram can find tumors that are too small for you or your doctor to feel.
A woman has a one-in-eight chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime. Each year in the United States, 190,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and 40,000 of those women succumb to the disease. But if detected and treated early, breast cancer has a high survival rate.
Digital mammograms have been proven to detect lumps 90 percent of the time. Schedule your mammogram at Alta View Hospital today by calling (801) 507-7840.
The Mammography Center at Alta View Hospital is designed to deliver the best possible treatment and screenings in a private, comforting setting. All mammograms are read by specially trained breast radiologists whose practices are focused on breast care.
Using specialized breast radiologists increases the quality of breast care treatment, it’s a key indicator of a top-quality breast care program.
We use state-of-the-art digital imaging technology to provide the clearest image possible to find more cancers at earlier stages. Because all mammography is digital, it means images are better and can be easily transferred electronically. The results are available instantaneously to our center’s experienced radiologists and allow the center to access them easily or recall them later if necessary.
Intermountain Healthcare, along with the American Cancer Society, the American College of Radiology, and many other experts from around the country recommend the following breast cancer screening guidlines:
- Women age 20-39: Perform a breast self-exam monthly and a clinical breast exam every three years.
- Women age 40 and over: Perform a breast self-exam monthly, a clinical breast exam yearly, and have an annual mammogram.
If you have a family history of breast cancer you should talk to your physician about beginning mammogram screenings earlier.
Risks of Breast Cancer
Personal & family histories of breast cancer & lifestyle habits can all affect breast cancer risk. Early research also indicates a possible link between long-term exposure to bright lights at night. Talk to your doctor about your specific situation, and learn to recognize the signs of breast cancer. Early detection is vitally important to treatment and recovery.
Breast Cancer: Signs to Look For
The National Cancer Institute suggests keeping an eye out for the following signs:
- A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area.
- A change in the size or shape of the breast.
- Nipple discharge or tenderness.
- An inverted nipple.
- Ridges or pitting on the breast (resembling an orange peel).
- A change in the look or feel of the breast, areola or nipple (such as temperature, swelling, redness or a scaly feel).
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, see your doctor for a diagnosis and possible treatment.
If a mammogram indicates that you have cancer, you can be treated at the world-class cancer center at Intermountain Medical Center.