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A mammogram is a type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray to produce an image of internal breast tissue. A screening mammogram plays a central part in early detection of breast cancer because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. Women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year, as well as a clinical breast exam. Women at increased risk due to a strong family history of breast cancer should ask their physician about screening before age 40 and about the frequency of screening. A diagnostic mammogram is a state-of-the-art test used to evaluate breast abnormalities such as a lump or breast pain. Other diagnostic imaging options may include breast ultrasound, breast MRI or biopsy. Learn more about
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Mammography Guidelines Statement:
Dr. Monique Fox, Dr. Christine Rogness, and Dr. Nadine Mikhaeel- physicians on medical staff at the Trio Breast Center - understand the complexity regarding the controversial recommendations recently released by the US Preventive Services Task Force. We continue to recommend screening mammography on an annual basis beginning at the age of 40, in accordance with the guidelines established by the American Cancer Society. We realize this may cause confusion and great concern to the women in our community. It is our belief that the best decisions regarding a woman's health should be founded on the partnership between the woman and her physician. Ultimately, what is decided should be based on evidence-based medicine and the unique qualities of every patient. That is why we are here, to support you and help you understand the issues surrounding this controversy. We will aid you in making the very best decision for you as a patient. Please contact us should you have any questions, concerns, or needs regarding this. We are here for you.
The American College of Surgeons (ACoS) recently released comments strongly supporting current American Cancer Society (ACS) screening mammography guidelines. The College is supporting the ACS guidelines despite the recent recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. To review the ACoS statement as well as the ACS guidelines, click on the following links:
American College of Surgeons statement
American Cancer Society's Screening Mammography Guidelines
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