According to the American Cancer Society, the chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time in a woman's life is a little less than 1 in 8 (12%). However, more than 90 percent of breast cancers can be treated successfully if found early and not spread beyond the breast.
What is a mammogram and why should I have one?
A mammogram is an X-ray that can reveal both harmless and cancerous growths. A mass can be discovered years before it can be felt. Finding a mass early increases a woman's chance of surviving breast cancer and allows more treatment choices.
Is mammography the only way to find breast cancer?
Mammography is the most advanced, effective and accurate way to detect early breast cancer. However, about 10 percent of all breast cancers will not be identified by mammography alone. Monthly breast self-exams and regular clinical exams are recommended to all women starting at age 20. Baseline screening mammograms are recommended to all women starting at age 40.
For step-by-step, breast self-examination instructions, see Breast Self-Exam Shower Card. If you would like to request a complimentary waterproof shower card, please email your name and address, with "Shower Card" as the subject line.
Why would I need a diagnostic mammography exam instead of screening exam?
Diagnostic mammography is used to evaluate a patient with a specific breast problem or a questionable screening mammogram (mass, discharge from the nipple, skin changes, an abnormal or questionable screening mammogram, etc.) or a history of breast cancer. The diagnostic mammogram should be correlated with physical findings and symptoms.
Please note: Written communication between the ordering physician and the mammography facility is very important. When making your appointment, please tell the scheduler if your prior mammograms were done at another facility. The radiologist will often need this for comparison.
Online appointments made easy
To accommodate your busy schedule, Saint Agnes is pleased to offer online appointments for imaging exams, including after-hours appointments – as late as 7 p.m. – for screening mammograms. Please remember a physician referral is required to schedule your screening exam.
To make your appointment, call (559) 450-5656, or click here to schedule your appointment online.
For all other breast-related inquiries, contact the Breast Center at (559) 450-2662.