Our providers use a mammogram, an x-ray of the breast, to look for evidence of breast cancer and investigates symptoms reported by the patient. Many women report that mammograms are slightly uncomfortable, though the discomfort is usually minor and brief.
Since breast cancer is an extremely common and deadly cancer found in some women, having a regular mammogram allows our doctors to monitor the woman’s breast for any changes that could indicate cancer. Mammograms can catch cancer in its earliest stages. When caught earlier, cancer is easier to treat and cure.
Most patients begin regular mammograms at the age of 40. However, women with a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors begin mammograms at an earlier age. In addition, our staff at The Women’s Group recommends mammograms for younger women experiencing symptoms associated with breast cancer.
Abnormal mammogram results don’t necessarily mean the woman has breast cancer. Instead, an abnormal result simply means that the radiologist saw something on the scan that didn’t look completely normal. Our staff at The Women’s Group investigates further to determine whether the issue is cancerous or benign.
In some cases, mammograms don’t detect an existing cancer. The risks of false-negative results are higher in young women who have dense breasts. In other cases, mammograms may detect non-cancerous anomalies, which may needlessly upset the patient. Mammograms subject the woman to radiation, but the amount is so minimal and unlikely to cause significant tissue damage. Call or schedule your next mammogram appointment online at The Women’s Group. The practice is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most major forms of insurance.
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