A mammogram is a low dose x-ray of breast tissue used to detect breast cancer early. When used with physical examination of the breast, mammography has proven to be effective in saving lives.
Starting February 7, Austin Regional Clinic will offer the latest breast cancer screening technology, 3D digital mammography, at ARC Far West
. The screening takes place in a comfortable imaging suite with private changing area and waiting room.
Same-day and next-day mammogram appointments are available weekdays including early morning hours on Tuesdays and Fridays.
- Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
- Tuesday and Friday: 7:00am - 3:30pm
3D Digital Mammography
3D mammography is the latest technology used in the early detection of breast cancer. It captures multiple images at different angles, providing doctors with exceptionally sharp views of the breast. Benefits of 3D mammography include:
- Aids in the early detection of breast cancer
- 3D significantly increases the cancer detection rate in women with dense breast tissue
- Quicker screening (less time patients need to spend in imaging suite)
- Reduces need for additional imaging
- Pinpoints size, shape of abnormalities with more precision
- Increases chance to detect multiple breast tumors
- Results can be easily stored and transferred electronically
The National Cancer Institute did a study
comparing film and digital mammography, and concluded that digital mammography is more accurate than film at helping to diagnose cancer in women under age 50, and women who have dense (not fatty) breast tissue. Digital mammography uses less radiation than traditional film mammography, reducing a woman’s lifetime exposure to radiation associated with x-rays.
FDA inspects and certifies our mammography facility. FDA certification means the clinic's equipment and staff meet federal standards and that your mammogram will be safe and of high quality.
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
Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines
The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends the following guidelines for breast cancer screening of women without symptoms:
- Clinical Breast Exam by a health care professional every 3 years for women aged 20 to 39, and annually for women age 40 and over.
- Breast Self-Exam monthly for all women age 20 and over.
- A mammogram every year for all women age 40 or over.
The National Cancer Institute
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation