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Mammograms

Breast Cancer Prevention

Mammograms play a key role in early breast cancer detection and can help decrease breast cancer deaths. Often, a mammogram can detect cancer, noncancerous or benign tumors, and cysts before they can be felt. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends average-risk women begin receiving screening mammograms at age 40. ARC will see patients who have breast implants and recommends regular appointment screenings. Click here to schedule an appointment.

Locations and Hours:

Same-day and next-day mammogram appointments are available weekdays, including early morning hours on Tuesdays and Fridays. For your added convenience, ARC Far West offers Saturday morning mammograms on the first Saturday of every month beginning at 8:00am. 

  • Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Tuesday and Friday: 7:00am - 3:30pm 
  • First Saturday of the month: 8:00am - 12:00pm   
  • Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm

Mammograms at ARC

  • 2D and 3D mammography screenings are conducted in a comfortable imaging suite with a private changing area and waiting room.
  • Medicare and all other plans (except Medicaid) are accepted for mammograms.
  • Patients with breast implants can be screened.
  • FDA inspects and certifies ARC mammography facilities. FDA certification means the clinic's equipment and staff meet federal standards and that your mammogram will be safe and of high quality.

What is 3D Digital Mammography?

3D mammography captures multiple images at different angles, providing doctors with exceptionally sharp, 3D views of the breast. 

A National Cancer Institute study concluded that 3D digital mammography is more accurate than standard 2D film at helping to diagnose cancer in women under age 50, and women who have dense (not fatty) breast tissue. Digital mammography also uses less radiation than traditional 2D film mammography, reducing a woman’s lifetime exposure to radiation associated with x-rays. 


Additional benefits include:
  • Aids in the early detection of breast cancer
  • Faster screening (less time patients need to spend in imaging suite)
  • Reduces need for additional imaging
  • Pinpoints size and shape of abnormalities with more precision
  • Can detect multiple breast tumors
  • Easily stored and transferred electronically

Who is at Risk for Breast Cancer?

Both women and men can get breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the US. It is also a leading cause of death from cancer. Men have a very small amount of breast tissue right under the nipple. While rare, men’s breast tissue can develop cancer, just like a woman's breast.

You may be more likely to get breast cancer if you:
  • Are over age 50
  • Have had breast cancer or some non-cancerous breast diseases
  • Have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer (especially mother, sister, or daughter, but also from other relatives on either your father’s or mother’s side)
  • Inherited certain genes - more common in people with Eastern European Jewish ancestors
  • Had your first menstrual period before age 12
  • Stopped having periods after you were 50
  • Never had children or had your first child when you were over 30
  • Have had radiation treatments to your chest area
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Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

Every person has different circumstances based on health and family history. ARC emphasizes shared decision-making between the you and your doctor. ARC will also see patients who have breast implants. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) advises the following:

  • Discuss screening mammography beginning at age 40 with your doctor. If you don’t begin at 40, you should begin screening at age 50.
  • Screening should occur every 1 or 2 years, depending on what you and your doctor decide.
  • After age 75, you should discuss continued screening with your doctor.