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 are key, detecting lumps 90 percent of the time.
Where to get a mammogram
Mammograms are available in the Janice Beesley Hartvigsen Breast Care Center
at Intermountain Medical Center, which is designed to deliver the best possible medical care in a private, comforting setting. The center comprises two floors and 10,000 square feet in the hospital's women's center. It has its own entrance, reception area, and parking lot, which are designed to make access easy and increase privacy and comfort.
The breast care center is in Building 8 on the far north end of the hospital campus. Schedule your mammogram today by calling (801) 507-7840.
You don't need a referral from your doctor to get a mammogram. Intermountain Healthcare, along with the American Cancer Society, the American College of Radiology, and many other experts from around the country recommend the following screening guidelines:
- 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 a 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.
Using specialized breast radiologists increases the quality of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment; it's a key indicator of a top-quality breast care program. Practice makes perfect, which is very important in cancer care.
Because all our mammography is digital, images are high quality and can be stored and transferred electronically. The images are available instantaneously to our highly-trained radiologists and physicians located outside the center can access them easily or recall them later if necessary.
We have also recently added a new 3-D mammogram system that allows us to take even more detailed images and avoid call backs for second images. Dr. Brent Parkinson explains in this KUTV report: