What is a mammogram and why is it so important?
Breast wellness starts at a young age and continues for a lifetime. Through outreach and education, we encourage women to follow recommendations provided by the American Cancer Society which include performing monthly breast self-examinations starting at age 20 and beginning yearly mammograms at age 40. These recommendations also call for more frequent follow-up services as prescribed by a patient's physician; such as starting mammograms at a younger age for those with a family history of breast cancer or those with exceptional concerns about developing breast cancer. Clinical breast exams should be part of a periodic health exam, about every three years for women in their 20s and 30s, and every year for women 40 and older.
A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray of the breast. Mammography is the primary imaging tool used to detect breast cancer that cannot be felt during regular breast examinations, especially cancers too small for even the most experienced physicians to identify. A mammogram may detect a breast cancer many years before it is physically detected.
The Barnabas Health Breast Center provides comprehensive breast care wellness services so essential for good health. Special attention has been given to every detail of this Center - from the coordinated team approach to the design of the facility - to create a comfortable, warm and caring environment. The Breast Center's goal is to exceed the individual expectations of each patient, to decrease the stress commonly associated with breast testing, and to promote breast health and wellness.
Accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers