You're Never Too Busy for Your Annual Mammogram
One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). That's why it's important that women follow either ACS or federal recommendations on breast cancer screening. The ACS recommends that women of average risk for breast cancer begin annual screening at 45 and the US Preventive Services Task Force recommends that screening begin at 50.
When you come to the Manatee Memorial Breast Care Center, you will receive instructions for monthly breast self-examination, as well as a safe, complete digital mammogram. The highly trained female staff, registered mammography technologists and interpreting radiologists and our equipment are all accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and certified by the Food and Drug Administration.
Preparing for Your Mammogram
Review these tips for preparing for your next mammogram:
- It is best to schedule your mammogram for 7-10 days after menstruation begins.
- Bring your previous mammogram films or request they be sent to the Breast Care Center, so they can be compared to the new ones.
- On the day of your mammogram, do not wear deodorant or powder on your breasts or in the underarm area. Such substances can cause artifacts on the image, making it necessary to repeat the mammogram.
- The technologist must compress your breasts in order to visualize the internal structures properly. At the Breast Care Center, the MammoPad® will help to reduce the discomfort.
- Return to the Manatee Memorial Breast Care Center for your next digital mammogram, so your new images can be compared more quickly and accurately to your previous ones.
Manatee Memorial Breast Care Center of Excellence
The Breast Care Center at Manatee Memorial Hospital has earned the Breast Center of Excellence designation from the ACR. By awarding facilities the status of Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound guided breast biopsy). Additionally, the hospital has earned the ACR accreditation designation in breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Advanced Mammography Technology
A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray of the breasts — one of the safest, most effective means of detecting cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages. The equipment used in our advanced breast health system produces images with high contrast and high definition for detailed visualization of the breast.
The Breast Care Center uses the advanced technology of:
- Lorad Selenia® Digital Mammography System Specially designed digital detectors capture images by converting X-rays into an electrical signal that is sent to a computer for review by the radiologist.
- Computer Aided Detection (CAD) This technology provides a "second read" of mammograms by a computer, assisting the radiologist in making an accurate diagnosis.
- Breast Ultrasound Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test that can produce an image of the internal structures of the breast to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
- Breast MRI – Siemens Magnetom Symphony 1.5T This open-bore MRI enables head or feet access with shorter exam times for patient comfort.
- Siemens MammoTest Breast Biopsy Technology This breast biopsy system, together with the AutoGuide targeting and guidance system, lets the patient remain in a comfortable position while allowing for greater access to hard-to-reach lesions and calcifications.
ACS Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines
The ACS offers the following guidelines for breast cancer screening:
- All women should become familiar with the potential benefits, limitations and harms associated with breast cancer screening
- Women with an average risk of breast cancer should undergo regular screening mammography starting at age 45*
- Women who are 45 to 54 years should be screened annually**
- Women who are 55 and older should transition to biennial screening or have the opportunity to continue screening annually**
- Women should have the opportunity to begin annual screening between the ages of 40 and 44**
- Women should continue screening as long as their overall health is good and they have a life expectancy of 10 years or more**
- ACS does not recommend clinical breast examination for breast cancer screening among average-risk women at any age**
* ACS strong recommendation; conveys the consensus that the benefits of adherence to that intervention outweigh the undesirable effects that may result from screening.
** ACS qualified recommendation; indicates there is clear evidence of benefit of screening but less certainty about the balance of benefits and harms, or about patients' values and preferences, which could lead to different decisions about screening.