CHI St. Alexius Health’s digital mammography uses low dose x-rays to produce diagnostic images of the breast tissue. Digital mammography is one of the best ways to detect disease and is proven to be significantly better in screening women under the age of 50, of any age with extremely dense or very dense breasts, and pre- or perimenopausal women of any age.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in women today. The risk of getting breast cancer increases with age.
Early Detection is Key
- Schedule a screening mammogram every year. The American Cancer Society recommends women age 40 and older have an annual screening mammogram.
- Schedule an annual clinical breast examination. The best way to detect breast cancer early is to combine annual mammograms with a yearly clinical breast examination by an experienced healthcare provider.
- Perform breast self-examinations on a monthly basis. Regular self-exams permit women to detect early changes and small lumps in the breast. If you discover any of these changes, notify your healthcare provider immediately.
Related Link: See Radiology for more information on breast care.