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Memorial Hospital of Converse County - Mammography

Our hospital continuously works toward Patient Centered Care and Advanced Technology.

By focusing on these two key elements we believe that we improve the lives and health of our community every day! Our radiology unit routinely uses full-field digital mammography to better detect and diagnose early stages of breast cancer.

Early detection and diagnosis has been shown time and again to bey a key asset to both treating breast cancer and saving lives. The quality of care our providers give in our facility is consistently ranked by our patients as excellent, and we work to provide a comfortable and welcoming environment to better care for our patients.

Who Should Get a Mammogram?

Per the American Cancer Society the following guidelines are in place for women regarding Mammograms and Screening efforts for Breast Cancer.

Some women – because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – should be screened with MRIs along with mammograms. (The number of women who fall into this category is very small.) Talk with your health care provider about your risk for breast cancer and the best screening plan for you.

 

Why Should You Get Routine Mammograms?

Annual mammograms can detect cancer early — when it is most treatable. In fact, mammograms show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. Mammograms can also prevent the need for extensive treatment for advanced cancers and improve chances of breast conservation. Current guidelines from the American College of Radiology, the American Cancer Society, and the Society for Breast Imaging recommend that women receive annual mammograms starting at age 40 — even if they have no symptoms or family history of breast cancer.

 

Who Is Most At Risk For Breast Cancer?

According to the CDC, studies have shown that your risk for breast cancer is due to a combination of factors. The main factors that influence your risk include being a woman and getting older. Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older.

Some women will get breast cancer even without any other risk factors that they know of. Having a risk factor does not mean you will get the disease, and not all risk factors have the same effect. Most women have some risk factors, but most women do not get breast cancer. If you have breast cancer risk factors, talk with your doctor about ways you can lower your risk and about screening for breast cancer.

Risk factors include—

Research suggests that other factors such as smoking, being exposed to chemicals that can cause cancer, and night shift working also may increase breast cancer risk.

 

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If you have questions or would like to schedule a Mammogram please contact our main office at 307-358-2122 and speak with Cindy Perry in our Mammography and Imaging Department.