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.
Mammograms save lives.
Digital mammograms are key, detecting lumps 90 percent of the time. At Riverton Hospital, we offer screening mammograms ONLY. For more advanced breast imaging, you'll be referred to the Breast Care Center at Intermountain Medical Center.
Schedule your screening mammogram at Riverton Hospital by calling (801) 507-7840. The schedulers are available to answer your call Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
We perform mammograms Tuesdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
What's it like?
In this video a mammogram tech shares what a typical day is like working in Riverton's Mammography department, and she shows that it is nothing to be afraid of.
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 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 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.
If a mammogram indicates that you have cancer, you can be treated at the world-class cancer center at Intermountain Medical Center.
Good Things Utah hosts get mammograms
Gretchen and Nicea, hosts on ABC 4's Good Things Utah, went and got mammograms at Riverton recently. Watch as they share their experience and address some of the fears women have about mammograms.