Mammograms can save lives by finding breast cancer early and the screening can lower the risk of breast cancer by 35 percent in women over the age of 50. The American Cancer Society recommends that all women should be eligible for screening mammograms starting at age 40.
- Mammography is one of the most powerful breast cancer detection tools. Finding breast cancer early reduces your risk of dying from the disease by 35 percent. Guidelines say that all women should begin having mammograms at age 40.
- Don't be afraid. Mammography is a relatively quick procedure, less than 20 minutes, and discomfort is minimal for most women. The procedure is safe. To relieve the anxiety during the mammogram San Juan Regional Medical Center offers the ability to control your environment for a more pleasant sensory experience.
- Get the best quality you can. A digital mammogram is recorded onto a computer so that doctors can enlarge certain sections to look at them more closely
Other important tools for detecxtion includes performing breast self-exams, clinical breast examination, and possibly ultrasound or MRI. These tools can be used as complementary tools, but there are no substitutes or replacements for a mammogram.
Call to schedule your mammogram, 505.609.6228