Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women (second only to skin cancer). More than 210,000 women in the United States will be affected by breast cancer this year. Sadly, more than 40,000 will likely die from breast cancer.
It doesn’t have to be that way. For women over 40, an annual mammogram can increase the chance for early detection of breast cancer. Remember these five rules of good breast health:
- Perform a breast self-exam (BSE) once a month. The best time to do this is usually one week after your period begins. If you’ve already gone through menopause, perform a BSE at the first of the month.
- Schedule an annual clinical breast exam. A physician may detect abnormalities that you missed in your recent breast self-exam.
- Pain? Lump? Discharge? See your doctor immediately.
- Ask your doctor about ways you can reduce your risk. From dietary and lifestyle changes to limiting your use of hormone therapy, you can take control over certain risk factors.
- Schedule an annual mammogram, beginning at age 40. If you have inherited risk factors, talk with your doctor to decide when to begin screening mammography.
Here are just a few of the reasons why many women schedule an annual mammogram:
- Early screening now detects 75% of breast cancer at stage 0 or stage 1.
- 40% of breast cancers are detected by mammography alone – not breast self-exams or clinical examinations.
- Screening has led to a 30% reduction in mortality.
- Most patients with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.
- The radiation “risk” associated with a mammogram is negligible for women over 35.
3D Mammograms (First In Northern Utah)
The 3D mammography™ technology used in our Breast Care Center is over 41% more accurate than traditional mammograms, which allows for earlier detection and fewer false alarms. Call (801) 807-7120 to schedule your 3D™ mammogram.
Full-Field Digital Imaging
At both Davis Hospital locations, our technologists use full-field digital imaging. Full-field digital imaging drastically cuts back on wait time, increases image accuracy, and aids in early detection and prevention. With this technology, the entire process, from check-in to checkout, takes about 30 minutes.
MammoPad® Breast Cushion
At Davis Hospital, patient comfort is a top priority. In order to provide maximum comfort, we use MammoPad®, a breast-cushioning device that allows for a soft, warm, and comfortable mammogram. Clinical studies have found that MammoPad® breast cushions reduce discomfort by 50% for three out of four women.
Experienced & Specialized Technologists Only
We believe that cancer detection is so important that the breast imaging technologists at Davis Hospital only do breast imaging. At other hospitals, you may find that your breast imaging technologist also performs a wide array of imaging studies. At Davis Hospital, that’s not the case. Our experienced technologists specialize in mammograms and mammography-related exams, which allow us to design a totally comfortable and professional experience for each patient.
When you choose a breast radiologist for your mammogram, you have the comfort and security in knowing that a subspecialist with a keen eye for detail and tremendous wealth of experience is analyzing the results. Additionally, all of our radiologists are specialty- and/or fellowship-trained.
(Note: As we build our team at the Weber campus, some mammogram technologists may also be performing other types of x-rays.)
Even though Davis Hospital radiologists are highly trained in reading mammograms, we believe in double-checking ourselves. Computer-aided detection (CAD) programs are used on all of our doctors’ workstations. These programs function as a pair of second eyes for our radiologists, alerting them to certain areas of the image that deserve special attention.
Schedule Your Mammogram Today
Women over the age of 40 (or over the age of 35 with inherited risk factors) should schedule an annual screening mammogram. You may schedule a screening mammogram for yourself at either Davis Hospital and Medical Center or at our Weber campus in Roy, Utah. Diagnostic mammograms, which investigate known problems, such as abnormal lumps and bumps, must be scheduled by a physician’s order.
Please bring your insurance card, as well as information on any prior mammograms you have received from other facilities. Call (801) 807-7120 to schedule a digital mammogram.
Breast Cancer Center at Davis Hospital
2132 North 1700 West, Suite B100 • Layton, UT
Breast Cancer Center at Davis Hospital – Weber Campus
3451 West 5600 South • Roy, UT