April 3, 2000 (Chantilly, Va.) -- If ever there were a case for strength in
numbers, mammography may be it, say breast cancer experts.
Women seeking mammograms can find the highest quality screenings from
radiologists and doctors who have years of experience performing and reading
mammograms on a daily basis. Also, those organizations that meet high
professional standards of safety and quality should display a Food and Drug
By Amy Engeler
On September 2 of last year, Tomomi Arikawa left her office door open as she slipped out to her two o'clock sonogram appointment. She expected to return shortly — the imaging center was just across town from her office at ABC News, where she was a story editor for 20/20. At her gynecologist's urging, Tomomi was going to have a tender lump in her right breast checked out. The lump felt squishy, like a piece of Bubble Wrap, not like a hard kernel or a marble or any of the objects tumors...
"I think it is important that women know that they are at a certified
mammogram center, so they know that the machines are evaluated on an annual
basis,'' says Barbara Brenner, Executive Director of Breast Cancer Action, a
San Francisco-based advocacy group.
"And we always tell women under 50 that when they decide to have their
first mammogram, they should schedule time right after the screening to sit
down and ask questions. They should go to a place that will show them the
pictures and answer questions about what can and cannot be seen.''
According to the American Cancer Society, women should go to the same
facility every year, if possible, so that new and old mammograms can be
compared. The society also recommends that women take copies of their
mammograms with them if they move, so that doctors at their new facility can do
Michael D. Towle writes regularly for WebMD on health and