By the age of 20, all women should perform breast self-examinations (BSEs) every month and get a clinical breast examination by a doctor or nurse every year. The American Cancer Society recommends that women 40 and over have an annual mammogram. If you have a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors, your health care provider may want you to have a baseline mammogram at an earlier age.
Screening mammograms are for women without any symptoms as part of normal preventive health care. Screening mammograms establish a baseline study of the breast and are used to monitor breast health of women over 40 or with special risks of breast cancer or those with implants.
Diagnostic mammograms are for women with current problems such as lumps, nipple discharges, unusual tenderness or pain, recent diagnosis of breast cancer (within 3 years), or visual skin changes. A diagnostic mammogram helps your physician understand and diagnose the breast problem. Women generally learn the results of a diagnostic mammogram upon completion of the exam. Women's Imaging Center has a staff of specialized physicians and technologists who perform diagnostic mammograms and other studies, such as breast ultrasound, as required. Breast ultrasound is used to help determine the cause of a lump or finding discovered on a mammogram. Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to help tell the difference between fluid-filled cysts and solid masses. This test is used in addition to, not as a replacement of, a mammogram.
WellSpan offers women state-of-the-art mammography technology by highly-trained mammography technologists dedicated to making your mammography experience as thorough and painless as possible.