Breast cancer affects nearly 180,000 American women each year. But with education and screenings, we can detect breast cancer early, when it is most treatable. And, if needed, we offer some of the newest and most advanced treatments now available.
Getting a Yearly Mammogram
The risk of breast cancer increases sharply with age. You can increase your chances for early detection of breast cancer by adhering to “the 5 commandments” of good breast health:
- Perform a breast self-exam every month
- Have a clinical breast exam conducted by a healthcare professional every year
- If warning signs appear, such as pain, a lump you can feel, or nipple discharge, see your doctor immediately
- Talk with your doctor about ways to reduce your risk
- Set a schedule of regular, yearly mammograms. Most doctors recommend that you begin having yearly mammograms at age 40.
A mammogram is a safe, low-dose x-ray that can detect irregularities in the breast, sometimes even before you or your doctor can feel a lump. In our newly renovated mammography center, you’ll benefit from sophisticated mammography systems that improve your comfort, require less time and, most of all, enhance image quality to aid in the early detection of breast cancer. ORMC’s state-of-the-art digital mammography system makes this important exam faster and more precise than ever. According to recent studies, digital mammography detects up to 28% more cancers in women 50 and younger and in women with dense breast tissue. And since there is no film to develop, exam times are shorter and follow-up tests are required less often. We also utlize the mammopad, a pad that will make your mammogram much more comfortable.
To learn more, or to arrange for an appointment for a clinical breast exam or mammogram, please call (432) 582-8480.
Odessa Regional Medical Center Breast Care Center can now offer patients the gold standard in diagnosing breast abnormalities and disease, digital mammography. ORMC is the area’s first healthcare facility to introduce Digital Mammography.
According to recent studies, digital mammography, as compared to traditional screen film mammography, detects up to 28% more cancers in women 50 and younger and in women with dense breast tissue. And since there is no film to develop, exam times are shorter and follow-up tests are required less often.
Advanced Stereotactic Capabilities
If your mammogram detects an abnormality, we can conduct a biopsy, which is where a small tissue sample is taken to determine if cancer is present. Though the majority of biopsies find no cancer, this minimally invasive procedure is the best way to be sure. Using advanced targeting and guidance technology, this procedure can be performed with pinpoint accuracy. It requires only a small incision and local anesthesia.