October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we’re here to remind you to schedule your mammogram! Our Muffins & Mammo event is through the end of the month; every woman who comes in for a mammogram during this time can enjoy a free muffin and juice.
Need a mammogram before or after work? We have you covered! For the month of October, mammography hours have been adjusted to the following:
- Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: Mammogram appointments can be scheduled as early as 7:00 a.m.
- Tuesdays and Thursdays: Mammography hours are extended until 9 p.m.
Please call your provider to get your mammogram order and then schedule your appointment by calling 229.758.5955!
Confused about the types of mammograms and when you should have one Here’s the basics:
Types of Mammograms
There are two basic types of mammograms: a screening mammogram and a diagnostic mammogram. The primary difference is the screening is to make sure everything is okay and detect an issue is there is one that is undetected. A diagnostic mammogram means there is evidence of symptoms indicating there could be a problem and the physician wants to take a closer and very specific look at the breast tissue to determine if the concern is cancer, a benign cyst or something type of problem.
When Should I Have a Mammogram?
American Cancer Society breast cancer screening guidelines are developed to save lives by finding breast cancer early, when treatment is more likely to be successful. The Society regularly reviews the science and updates screening recommendations when new evidence suggests that a change may be needed.
The latest guideline applies to women at average risk for breast cancer. Among other recommendations, it says all women should begin having yearly mammograms by age 45; however, women should have the choice to start screening with yearly mammograms as early as age 40 if they want to. Most women schedule mammograms every other year beginning at age 55. If you have a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors, your physician may recommend a different mammography schedule for you. As always, please consult your physician for recommendations that apply to your specific health situation.
If you have any questions or need help with scheduling a patient do not hesitate to call Shannon Burch, RT(R)(M) at (229)758-4254 or Eboni Fudge at (229) 758-5955.