Prima CARE's new 3-D digital mammography (tomosynthesis) produces a clear, electronic image with extraordinary detail of breast tissue. Mammography is known to be the best method for the early detection of breast cancer, when treatment is most effective.
Performed on an outpatient basis, a mammogram is a radiological examination of the breast that can detect cancers so small that even the most experienced examiner cannot feel them. It's the most reliable method of early detection of breast cancer.
The images are recorded electronically rather than on film and viewed on a computer. It results in shorter examination times and improved patient comfort and convenience.
Who should get a mammogram?
Eventually, all women should have a mammogram. The first mammogram serves as a baseline for future comparison. The purpose of regular mammograms is to make sure that everything stays the same and nothing new develops.
The American Cancer Society offers the following guidelines to women who are symptom-free:
- Women 20 and older should perform breast self-examinations every month.
- Women 20 to 39 should have a clinical breast examination at least every three years, and women 40 and over should have one every year.
- Women 40 and over should have a screening mammogram every year, or more often for women at increased risk.
Women with personal or family histories of breast cancer should consult their doctors about the need for more frequent or earlier exams or mammograms.
If you find a breast lump or swelling, dimpling of the skin of the breast, or nipple discharge during self examination, you should see your doctor right away. Most breast lumps are not cancerous. However, only your doctor can make the proper diagnosis. Don't put it off; it could save your life.
How do I get a mammogram?
Ask your doctor to make an appointment for you with the Prima CARE scheduling office. Your doctor will discuss the results with you. For more information on Digital Mammogram, download our brochure.
Prima CARE, P.C.
289 Pleasant Street, Building #4,
Fall River, MA 02721
How do I prepare for my mammogram?
Getting ready for your mammogram is very easy. You only need to remember two things:
NO deodorant, lotion or powder as they may interfere with the quality of the image.
DO wear a two-piece outfit as you only need to remove your top.
For more information on Digital Mammogram, download our brochure.
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