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Why Are Mammograms Important?

A mammogram is a non-invasive X-ray used to check breasts for breast cancer and other abnormalities. It is the only test shown to reduce breast cancer deaths. Mammograms can detect cancer early — when most treatable — long before it can be felt. This improves odds of survival and can help avoid more extensive treatment.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) recommend that women start getting annual mammograms at age 40. By not getting annual mammograms starting at age 40, you increase your chances of dying from breast cancer and the likelihood that you will experience more extensive treatment for any cancers found. Learn more about these recommendations: https://www.acraccreditation.org/Mammography-Saves-Lives/Guidelines.

3D mammography technology takes multiple images of breast tissue using a low-dose scan. The technology improves our radiologists’ ability to see abnormalities in dense breast tissue and reduces the number of return visits. 3D mammography provides the greatest benefit to women with very dense breasts, who may be more likely to develop breast cancer, and those with a higher risk due to family history.

This advance in comprehensive breast care is part of Beebe Healthcare's Breast Health Program, the only one in Delaware to be accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Learn more about mammograms: American College of Radiology

Schedule your mammogram today with your doctor's order by calling 302-645-3278.


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