According to the American Cancer Society, one in every eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. While most lumps women find in their breasts turn out not to be cancerous, it is very important to be vigilant in protecting our breast health. The American Cancer Society recommends that after age 40, a woman have annual mammograms following their clinical breast exam.
Early diagnosis is the key to beating breast cancer. Regular mammograms, monthly self-exams, and yearly exams by a clinical professional are the best protection against this disease.
LRGHealthcare is pleased to offer digital mammography— the gold standard in mammography technology.
In our community, you have a choice where to schedule your digital mammogram— Caring for Women in Laconia; Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital or Interlakes Medical Center.
For more information, or to schedule a digital mammogram, call 603.527.2899.
A screening mammogram is an x-ray of the breast used to detect breast changes in women who have not signs or symptoms of breast cancer. It usually involves two images of each breast. With a mammogram, it is possible to detect microcalcifications (tiny deposits of calcium in the breast, which sometimes are a clue to the presence of breast cancer) or a tumor that cannot be felt.
Screening mammograms are recommended every year for women over the age of 40.
In the event that you or your doctor finds a lump in your breast, your doctor may refer you to the Women's Imaging Center for a diagnostic mammogram.
There are a number of procedures that can be done to evaluate a breast lump. Those procedures include:
A diagnostic mammogram is an x-ray of the breast that is used to diagnose unusual breast changes, such as a lump, pain, thickening, nipple discharge, or a change in breast size or shape. It is used to evaluate changes detected on a screening mammogram. A diagnostic study may require more views of the breast from several angles, or magnification of a specific area in the breast.
A breast ultrasound is a procedure that provides providers with additional information about breast tissue-it is not used in place of a mammogram, but may help in identifying the cause of a lump. It is very effective at identifying cysts, or fluid-filled breast lumps. It is a painless procedure, and is done by passing a special transducer over the surface of your skin. The transducer emits and detects echoes of sounds waves, creating a picture of the inside of your breast on a screen.
Please note: Fine needle aspirations and stereotactic biopsies are also done in the Women’s Imaging Center, and sentinel node biopsies are done in the Nuclear Medicine department. We have included them under surgical services because they are done only following consultation with a surgeon.
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