Breast Cancer Screenings & Digital Mammography – Ogden Regional Medical Center

Breast Cancer Screenings & Digital Mammography – Ogden Regional Medical Center


(soft, gentle music) – Well the best way to
screen for breast cancer as of now is to have an
annual, digital mammogram. In the past the technology
included analog mammography, but now there’s a new technique with the new machines that
can obtain the information in a much better, quicker, way, without having as much radiation. That data can be altered so
that we can get all kinds of different windows and
images using the same pictures. It’s also easier to store, and that way the mammograms don’t get old or they don’t get purged. Well, there has been some controversy over the actual age at which women should begin to have mammograms, but I think there’s consensus from all the leading societies, including the American Cancer Society, the College of Surgeons,
the College of OB-GYN, the College of Radiology
that appropriate screenings should begin at age 40 for women at regular or normal
risk of breast cancer. Then the recommendations are to start having a mammogram at age 35, and some even say as early as 30. After age 35 there’s
little or no risk at all of having a mammogram and having the radiation
affect the breast tissues. Before the age of 30 I
don’t think that anybody considers that a
mammogram would be useful. However, there are other techniques including ultrasound and
MRI that can be used. The last 30 years, there has
been a 30 percent reduction in the mortality from breast cancer. There is controversy as to performing the mammography before the age of 40, but it’s very effective, primarily for the 50-70 age group. The 40-50, obviously when you
catch breast cancers early, they’re much easier to treat, and the survival rates are
significantly improved. A screening mammogram
should be performed annually and does not require a prescription or a referral from a physician. A diagnostic mammogram is a
mammogram that is performed to evaluate a specific problem, either one that is detected
on the screening mammogram, or one, a palpable abnormality,
the lady feels a lump, then we would have to evaluate that with a diagnostic mammogram. Breast ultrasound is appropriate when there is an abnormality on the screening or diagnostic mammogram that
requires further investigation. The ultrasound can help
characterize the abnormality, and will help guide us to a
decision as to whether or not the lesion would need a
biopsy or further evaluation. An MRI is sometimes necessary, especially if we can’t resolve
what the abnormality is with normal techniques of
mammogram and ultrasound. The MRI is a very, very detailed study and it’s not for everybody. But in the appropriate
setting it’s very useful. Self-examinations are very important. Actually, in the high-risk group, the woman should have
a monthly breast exam. She should perform a
breast exam on herself on a monthly basis at the same time during her menstrual cycle. So, choosing any day at random, the first or last day
of the menstrual cycle, and doing a breast exam is recommended. When breast cancer is detected early, it is a curable disease. As the breast cancer becomes larger, then, of course, there
are more complications. Treatment is more difficult and recurrences occur at higher frequency. So it’s important to catch breast cancers as early as you possibly can, so a combination of a careful, monthly examination
performed by the woman, an annual examination by her physician, and a screening
mammography is the best way to approach breast health. (soft, gentle music) – [Voiceover] For more
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