One in eight women will battle breast cancer sometime in her life. Early detection gives you the best chance for a healthy outcome.
HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital offers screening and diagnostic imaging through digital mammography and most patients receive their results before they leave their appointment.
The American Cancer Society recommends that women with an average risk of breast cancer begin screening mammograms at age 45 and continue to receive them every year until age 54. After that, they should receive one every other year for as long as they are healthy. Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screenings with mammograms if they wish to do so.
Regular mammograms, in conjunction with clinical breast exams and breast self-exams (BSE), are a critical component of routine health care for women. There is no more effective way to spot breast cancer in its early stages than with regular mammograms, enhanced by state-of-the-art technology such as computer-aided detection. Mammography can detect the beginnings of cancer far sooner than women can on their own, even with vigilant self-examination. Mammograms can even detect some forms of pre-cancer prior to the development of a tumor.
To schedule your mammogram at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, please call (920) 433-8329.
What is a screening mammogram?
Screening mammograms are routine mammograms for women with no breast changes or concerns. It usually takes two pictures of each breast and the entire procedure takes approximately 20 minutes. The goal of a screening mammogram is to detect breast cancer when it is too small to be felt by you or your health care provider. If a routine mammogram indicates an abnormality, further breast imaging, such as a diagnostic mammogram, ultrasound or MRI, may be recommended. When necessary, we can arrange a surgical consult on your behalf.
What is a diagnostic mammogram?
A diagnostic mammogram is ordered by your physician when symptoms that may indicate breast disease are found by you or your doctor. It may also be done after an abnormal screening mammogram to better evaluate the area of concern. Diagnostic mammograms require additional views, or exposures, to provide the radiologist with the necessary information.
How do I prepare for my mammogram?
Wear a comfortable two-piece outfit to easily undress from the waist up. Do not use any deodorant, perfume, lotion or powder on your upper body. Using these products before a mammogram may cause white spots to appear on the image and require repeat mammograms.
Other breast procedures
Additional breast procedures may be necessary as a result of findings from a mammogram. This includes an ultrasound, ultrasound guided biopsy/FNA, breast MRI, wire localization, lymphoscintigraphy or sentinal lymph node mapping. Each of these procedures are done at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital.
Ultrasound Guided Biopsy/FNA
Lymphoscintigraphy or Sentinal Lymph Node Mapping