Did you know…..
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer in U. S. women
- 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected in 2012 and almost 40,000 women will die of this disease
- The lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is one in six overall and one in eight for invasive disease
- You can lower your risk of breast cancer by achieving and maintaining a health weight, limiting alcohol consumption, regular physical activity, refrain from smoking and get your annual screening mammogram
We have opened a convenient new office for your screening mammogram. Our new digital mammography suite is located at 4414 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh, Suite 309. Your screening mammogram can now be done on the same day as your annual exam.
Mammograms are an excellent tool for finding early stage breast cancer with resulting decrease in mortality. We recommend beginning annual mammograms at age 40 based on screening recommendations from the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, American Medical Association, National Cancer Institute, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Simply put, mammograms save lives.
On your mammogram, the radiologist is looking for calcifications and masses. Microcalcifications are small specks of calcium that may suggest the presence of a cancer in a particular area of the breast. Depending on the appearance of the calcifications, the radiologist may recommend further evaluation by repeat mammograms, close follow up mammograms or biopsy of the area. Masses on mammograms may be benign, like a cyst or fibroadenoma. Ultrasound or needle aspiration may be recommended in order to obtain a clear diagnosis. About 10-20% of cancers will not be seen on mammogram because their appearance is too similar to the surrounding breast tissue. That is why regular annual breast exams by a physician and routine monthly self breast exams are important too.
We are also pleased to be able to offer you 3D mammography (tomosynthesis). What are the benefits of tomosynthesis mammography? With conventional digital mammography, the radiologist is viewing all the complexities of your breast tissue in one flat image. Sometimes breast tissue can overlap giving the illusion of abnormal breast tissue which may look normal. Tomosynthesis produces a 3D image of your breast tissue in one millimeter slices, providing greater visibility for the radiologist to see breast detail in a way never before possible. The radiologist can scroll through images of your breast like pages of a book. There is no additional compression required and it only takes a few more seconds longer for each view. Please go to www.hologic3D.com to learn more about tomosynthesis.
Whether you would like to schedule a 2D or 3D mammogram on the same day that you see your provider for your annual exam or another time of the year, we can accommodate you immediately. You can schedule your appointment as far as two years in advance as you leave our office today, you can phone us at 919-232-6896 or you can go to www.atrium-obgyn.com and request your mammogram online.
Please let us know how we can help you get your digital mammogram scheduled today!
-The Physicians and Staff of Atrium ObGyn