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Did you know that one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime? That’s why it’s important to begin annual mammogram screenings at age 40. Regular mammograms are essential to early detection and the fight against breast cancer. In fact, with early detection, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 100 percent. At Western Plains, your breast health is important to us. Our caring staff helps you to feel comfortable in a welcoming environment to help you stay on top of your health and give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing and being prepared.
What is mammography?
A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray of the breast. It is effective in detecting breast disase in its earliest stages. A mammogram can detect a tumor much earlier than it can be felt, resulting in a greater chance for successful treatment.
Mammography is the process of taking an x-ray picture of the breast. Usually, two views of each breast are taken, one from the side and one from above. This way, the physician can identify abnormalities such as very small lumps, areas of calcification, or other changes that occur when they are much too small to be felt by a woman or her physician.
Women over 40 should have a mammogram every one to two years if they are at average risk for breast cancer. Women with higher risk for breast cancer should speak with their physicians to determine at what age and how often to have a mammogram.
Learn more about scheduling a mammogram today by calling 620.225.8444.