• Mammogram Guidelines

  • Are regular breast cancer screenings really that important to my health?

    Our Avista Breast Care Center physicians feel that screening tests for breast cancer save thousands of lives each year. Screening tests can help you find breast cancer in its early stages, even before any symptoms appear. 

    Who should have breast screenings?

    • Women age 40 and older should have an annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast).
    • Consult with your doctor about having a screening sooner if you have a family history of breast cancer.

    Are there differences in women’s breasts?

    Yes, women with dense breast tissue have a four to six times higher risk of developing breast cancer than women with minimal density. It is important for you to know what category of breast density you fall into. Breast density (ratio of fatty vs glandular/fibrous tissue), as confirmed by mammography, is recognized as a strong and independent risk factor for breast cancer.

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    What are my screening options?

    • Traditional Mammography uses a noninvasive X-ray to produce two images of each breast, a side-to-side view and a top-to-bottom view. This quick medical exam provides images that a doctor can use to identify and treat any abnormal areas, possibly indicating the presence of cancer.
    • 3D Mammography is a revolutionary new diagnostic tool that produces more detailed images of breast tissue. During the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps over the breast capturing multiple images of the breast at different angles. A computer then creates a 3D reconstruction of the breast that a radiologist can review in one-millimeter slices. 3D imaging has increased the detection of invasive breast cancers by 40 percent, reduced false-positives rates by 15 percent and has created 40 percent fewer call backs for additional testing.

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    Request an Appointment

    Request your mammogram at one of our screening locations online or call toll-free: 1-844-642-2273.

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