Ok girls, we know, getting a mammogram is not exactly something we look forward to doing every year, but it is a MUST! I know you are busy, but you have to take care of yourself! You know when you are riding in an airplane and they tell you to put your own oxygen mask on before helping others–same thing here. Take care of yourself first, so you can be there for your family!
October is breast cancer awareness month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness about this awful disease that affects so many in our area and across the world. Talking about breast health can be confusing, thankfully, our sponsors at Mercy are here to help us through the entire process. First thing first, start by getting your annual mammogram.
Why is an annual mammogram imperative? What can you expect? Dr. John Bumberry, general surgeon, focusing on breast surgery and Dr. Jack Gregston, radiologist, have compiled a list of 5 things you should know before getting a mammogram.
Mercy Breast Center follows the guidelines from The American College of Radiology, the Society of Breast Imaging and other national organizations that recommend women age 40 and over get an annual screening mammogram. Women younger than 40 who have a significant family history of breast cancer should discuss starting screenings at an earlier age with their physician.
The radiation from mammograms is very minimal and should not deter a woman from getting routine mammograms. Women receive more radiation from walking around on our planet than they get from their mammograms. The chance of getting cancer from the radiation emitted from a mammogram is less than the chance of getting struck by lightning. The benefit of diagnosing breast cancer early outweighs the risk of the minimum amount of radiation necessary for the exam.
Getting a screening mammogram is one of the first steps in identifying breast cancer. Women whose results are abnormal will be called back for a different kind of mammogram called a diagnostic mammogram. The exam may appear to be the same as a screening but a diagnostic exam, directed by a radiologist on site, includes different views and techniques.
Mammography technologists are special people called to a special ministry at Mercy Breast Center. They make this most private exam as comfortable an experience as possible. The Breast Center radiologists are dedicated mammographers who dedicate their practice to breast imaging which includes reading screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms,breast ultrasound and breast MRIs. They perform minimally invasive biopsy exams and diagnose over 300 breast cancers annually.
Note from Kelli and Mindi: Thank you to Drs. Bumberry and Gregston for taking the time to visit with us about what to expect when getting a mammogram. Also, thank you to the Mercy Breast Care Team, including radiologists, surgeons and oncologists, who are dedicated to providing compassionate care and exceptional service! The team is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.
If you have questions or concerns, don’t wait. Call the experts at Mercy Breast Center today at 417.820.2500.
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