- Greater accuracy
- Lower-dose radiation
- Dedicated mammogram radiologists
“The place is tranquil and the technologists are so gentle. They make you feel relaxed.”
- Karen W.
Mammograms are low-dose x-rays that can detect breast cancer in a woman’s breasts. They are the most effective tool we have for early detection of breast cancer. Mammograms identify 84 percent of breast cancers. Research shows that screening mammograms reduce deaths of women from breast cancer by 15 to 29 percent.
At age 40 to 45. The American Cancer Society says women should have the choice to start screening mammograms at 40, depending on your risk factors. Recommendations vary so you should discuss the timing of your first mammogram with your primary care doctor.
Mammograms are very safe. Modern mammogram machines use a very low dose of radiation – 0.04 mSv. That’s about the same amount of cosmic radiation you get flying across country on a plane. And it’s the same amount you get in natural background radiation over seven normal weeks. As with most screening tests, there is a risk of false positives, which can lead to stress and follow-up tests. Overall, the benefits outweigh the risks. Women with breast cancer diagnosed in its early stage have a 99 percent survival rate.
Wear a comfortable top that’s easy to remove. Don’t use deodorant or antiperspirant on the day of your mammogram. The chemicals can show up as white spots. Try to schedule your exam after your menstrual period when your breasts are not tender.