The American Fork Cancer Center encourages women over the age of 40 to receive a mammogram every 1 to 2 years.
Mammograms can help detect possible breast cancer earlier than self
breast exams or clinical breast exams, which can make all the difference in fighting breast cancer.
What is a Mammogram?
A mammogram is an in-office procedure that uses a low-dose radiation to take X-rays of each breast to look for
The American Fork Cancer Center uses digital mammogram
technology, which allows for faster and more detailed images than
traditional film mammograms.
During the procedure, the
woman stands in front of an X-ray machine and each
breast is gently compressed between two plates for a few seconds as the X-ray is taken. The breast compression helps the X-ray examine more breast tissue at once, which leads to more accurate results. While slightly uncomfortable, a mammogram is not
typically painful, and only takes about 20 minutes to perform.
The results of the mammogram will be reviewed by a board-certified radiologist. Within five business days, your physician
will be given the mammogram results.
A doctor's order is not required to schedule a mammogram, but results will be sent to your doctor.
What happens if an abnormality is detected?
If an abnormality or cancer is detected in the mammogram results, your
physician will recommend a treatment or care plan, which frequently involves follow-up tests.
Other Breast Cancer Screenings
While regular mammograms are encouraged for women over the age of 40, all women should participate in regular breast cancer screenings, including:
- Monthly self breast exams (ages 20+)
- Clinical breast exams (every 2 to 3 years for 20+, and yearly after age 40).
Factors that Contribute to Breast Cancer
Some women are more at risk for breast cancer than others. Common risk factors may include:
- Gender: women are more likely than men to get breast cancer.
- Age: as a woman ages, her risk for breast cancer increases.
- Family history of breast cancer:
- Relatives on either side of the family with breast cancer
- Women and men are equally at risk
- Inherited genetic mutations may play a role in breast cancer
- Race: Breast cancer is more common in white and black women.
- Previous results of abnormalities
While it's good to know the risk factors, they are not a substitute for proper and regular
breast cancer screenings. If you have questions about your risk factors
and possible risk for breast cancer, please contact your physician.
Schedule your mammogram today by calling (801) 357-1100.