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Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in America. When breast cancer is detected early and treated promptly, suffering and loss of life can be significantly reduced. Mammography, an x-ray picture of the breast, is the single most effective method to detect breast changes that may be cancer, long before physical symptoms can be seen or felt. For early stage breast cancer, there are more treatment options, treatment can be less disfiguring and less toxic, and survival is improved.

As women age, their risk of breast cancer increases. For most women, high-quality mammography screening should begin at age 40. As risk factors vary in everyone, each woman and her doctor should discuss the plan that's right for her. Most organizations recommend mammography screening every year. Screening should continue throughout a woman's lifetime. In addition to the use of mammography, health care providers should also examine a woman's breasts by performing clinical breast examinations (CBE) as part of routine health care to search for any abnormalities that may be missed by a mammogram. Breast self-examination (BSE) may alert a woman to any changes in her breasts, but it is not a substitute for mammography screening. The value of BSE is that it helps a woman become familiar with how her breasts normally feel and to notice any changes.

Pavilion Imaging's Wilma B. Bacon Mammography Center has three digital Hologic Selenia mammography units to provide you with the highest quality screening and diagnostic mammography possible.

For more radiology information for patients, please go to www.radiologyinfo.org En Espanol

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