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Mammography

A mammogram may detect cancer long before symptoms appear. Because one in eight U.S. women will have a breast cancer diagnosis at some point in life, it’s especially important to make time for your mammogram.

Who Needs a Screening?

Many women with breast cancer have no symptoms, which makes screening even more important. The American Cancer Society recommendations for women of average risk (no personal or family history, or genetic predisposition):

  • Age 40-44 - optional mammogram
  • Age 45-55 - annual mammogram
  • Age 55+ - option for mammogram every two years, or annually
If you think you may have higher than average risk for breast cancer, please talk with your doctor about recommendations for screenings and frequency. For example, the presence of certain genes like BRCA may put you at risk to get an especially aggressive type of cancer at an early age. Know your risk for greater peace of mind. 

What Does Digital Mammography Mean For You?

  • Improved imaging: With 3-D digital mammography, the magnification, orientation, brightness and contrast of the image helps the radiologist clearly see certain areas. Digital mammography is particularly beneficial if you have dense or thick breast tissue.
  • Less radiation: The radiation dose can be significantly reduced with digital mammography.
  • Reduced exam time: Digital spot view mammography allows faster and more accurate stereotactic biopsy as well as improved comfort.

Why Digital Mammography Screenings Are Important

  • Nearly 80 percent of all women diagnosed with breast cancer have no history of the disease in their families, and your risk increases with age.
  • Two-thirds of newly diagnosed breast cancers show no signs that the cancer has spread beyond the breast, and most women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer are candidates for treatment that saves the breast.

Learn More

Don’t wait another day to take care of your breast health! For more information on Valley Baptist’s women’s services, please contact one of our centers:

The Breast Center at Valley Baptist Medical Center—Brownsville
1040 West Jefferson St.
Brownsville, TX
Women's Center entrance, first floor
(956) 698-5412

The Breast Center at Valley Baptist Medical Center—Harlingen
2101 Pease St.
Harlingen, TX
Enter via Professional Building Entrance B
(956) 389-6703