What Is a Mammogram and Why Is It Important?
Around 1 in 8 U.S. women develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime and in 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed. These statistics mean that the importance to women over 40 of having a regular mammogram cannot be underestimated.
A mammogram is a non-invasive X-ray that checks breasts for cancer and other abnormalities. It can detect cancers when they're too small to see or feel by hand.
It is the only test that’s been proven to reduce deaths from breast cancer. This is because mammograms can detect cancer early when it is most treatable. Mammograms can improve the odds of survival by 25-30% or more and help avoid more extensive treatment such as breast removal (mastectomy) and chemotherapy.
Getting your Mammogram at CHC/SEK
Our Fort Scott and Pittsburg South clinics provides Mammography services and is certified and regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and the American College of Radiology.
When you arrive at the clinic, our female mammography staff will ask you about any breast problems you have had. You are free to ask any questions you may have as well.
What happens during a mammogram
When having your mammogram, you'll need to undress to the waist, so it may be easier to wear a skirt or trousers instead of a dress.
The mammographer will place your breast onto the mammogram machine and lower a plastic plate onto it gently but firmly. This flattens your breast and helps makes sure we get a clear X-ray.
Then, X-rays of each breast are taken, one from above and one from the side. Staff will ask you to keep very still for the several seconds it takes. Some women find having a mammogram uncomfortable, however the process is over quickly.
Your whole appointment will last less than thirty minutes and the mammogram takes just a few minutes of that time.
Getting your results
Your X-rays will be checked for any abnormalities by our radiologists and your results will be sent to you within one week of your appointment.