Mammograms Are Essential for Breast Health
Screening for breast cancer is one of the most important roles of The Sam and Jennie Bennett Breast Care Center.
Digital mammography systems provide our patients with the highest quality of care in the prevention and early detection of breast cancer. Digital mammography allows the radiologist to view and manipulate the images on high-resolution computer monitors to enhance visualization of the breast tissue.
An annual screening mammogram, beginning at age 40, is recommended for women who have not had any breast abnormalities. A diagnostic mammogram is given to a patient with breast changes such as lumps, pain or nipple discharge. This requires a referral from a primary care provider.
Screening Recommendations": The Breast Center is in agreement with the American Cancer Society and The American Society of Breast Surgeons regarding mammographic recommendations.
- Average Risk
- Ages 40-44 - Discuss with PCP to consider screening mammography based on risks and benefits.
- Ages 45-54 - Annual Screening
- Ages 55 and older - Annual or biennial screening as a shared decision taking into consideration of risk and benefits.
- Ages 75 and older - Binnial if life expectancy is greater than 10 years.
- Elevated Risk
Consult with provider or breast specialist to calculate risk assessment and determine appropriate age specific screening and recommendations based on national guidelines.
For information about mammograms, call The Sam & Jennie Breast Care Center at 207-795-2100.