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Janie Ball knows the importance of getting a mammogram and since breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, she’s excited that Methodist now offers women the opportunity to quickly find out the next available appointment for a screening mammogram. Screening mammograms are for patients who do not have physical breast cancer symptoms following self exams. Visit methodisthealth.org/mammogram on your computer or mobile cell to find the next open appointment at one of Methodist’s four convenient locations.
Ball is a mammography technologist at the Methodist Breast Center. In the fall of 2008 she discovered a lump in her breast during a self-breast exam. It had been 16 months since her last mammogram. Ball had an ultrasound and biopsy that revealed cancer.
“Early detection is key,” said Ball. “Generally, if you can detect breast cancer early, you can catch it before it spreads to the lymph nodes and then to other areas of the body.”
There are a number of risk factors for developing breast cancer. The biggest risk factor is just being a woman.
“About 80 percent of breast cancers are diagnosed in women without a family history of breast cancer,” explained Jenny Boals, M.D., a radiologist at the Methodist Breast Center.
Other risk factors include increasing age, family history, alcohol consumption, and a sedentary life style.
All of Methodist’s diagnostic centers offer digital mammograms, the latest technology available to detect breast cancer. It provides radiologists a very clear, crisp image that they can manipulate and look for signs of cancer. “Many times we can detect cancer early when we see a subtle change in one area of the breast tissue,” said Dr. Boals.
The American Cancer Society recommends women get a yearly mammogram starting at age 40. Women with a family history should get a yearly mammogram starting at age 30.
To help keep you healthy, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is making it easy to schedule your yearly screening mammogram to fit into your schedule. To find the next available appointment, visit methodisthealth.org/mammogram on your computer or mobile cell. Every 5 minutes the Web site updates the next available appointment at Methodist’s four convenient locations at Germantown, Midtown, North and South Diagnostic Centers. By making it more convenient for women to find time for a mammogram, Methodist aims to increase the percent of women who get their annual mammogram.