As an essential part of early detection, Logan Regional Hospital supports the American Cancer Society guidelines for breast cancer detection. All female patients are strongly encouraged to start receiving annual mammograms no later than the age of 40. Also, younger patients are encouraged to perform self-breast exams and seek medical attention immediately if there is an area of concern.
Digital mammography, Sonocine® and full breast ultrasounds are part of the advanced, proven technology we use to detect breast cancer. These options allow our imaging specialists to detect small and large abnormalities.
- Digital Mammograms are very similar to traditional mammograms; however, in place of x-ray film, the images are processed using electric signals to get a full, clearer image of the breast tissue
- Full breast ultrasounds are generally used for women who have dense breast tissue. Sonocine® is a full breast ultrasound technology used at Logan Regional Hospital
- Sonocine® is ultrasound mammography technology used to detect breast abnormalities in very dense breast tissue
While there are a number of early detection procedures, women should be aware of several common risk factors. Many unchangeable risk factors include:
- Gender: Breast cancer is about 100 times more common in women than in men
- Age: As a woman ages, her chances of getting breast cancer increase as well
- Family History of Breast Cancer:
- Men and women are both at risk
- Relatives with breast cancer on either side of the family
- Genetic risk factors: some breast cancers are thought to be the result of inherited genetic mutations
- Race: Asian, Hispanic, and Native American women have a lower risk of developing and dying from breast cancer
- Personal History of Breast Cancer: Previous abnormal mammogram results
Being aware of your individual risk factors and performing self-breast exams are crucial to early detection. If you’re concerned about risk factors, contact your doctor immediately. He or she may schedule a screening mammogram to detect any abnormalities. In some cases, additional tests may be required to help define the location, stage and size of cancer. These follow-up tests include x-ray, ultrasound such as Sonocine® and MRI.
If your mammogram finds any breast tissue abnormalities or cancer, your doctor will meet with you to discuss the appropriate course of action. In most cases, other tests will be ordered to help identify the most effective treatment plan.
If you have questions about breast cancer and Mammograms, please call us at (435) 716-5307.