Brenda and LaShaun are co-workers at The University of Kansas Health System. An employee breast screening event prompted Brenda, a breast cancer survivor, to keep encouraging LaShaun to get a mammogram. Even though LaShaun didn’t think it was necessary, she agreed to have one just to stop Brenda’s daily reminders. Thankfully, she did because it saved her life. Grab some tissues and watch their moving story.
If you’re over 40, have a mammogram every year. It may save your life, too. Schedule an appointment online here.
7 Ways to a Better Mammogram.
1. Get your mammogram at The University of Kansas Health System.
Where you get your mammogram matters. Our experienced breast radiologists find early-stage breast cancer at a rate that exceeds the national benchmark.
2. Schedule at the same time each year.
Getting your mammogram on or near the same date annually helps ensure you don’t let a year – or two, or three – slip by without making an appointment.
3. Provide previous mammograms from other facilities.
By comparing the new images with previous ones, the radiologist can detect subtle changes in breast tissue, which ensures the most accurate interpretation. You’ll also receive your mammogram results more quickly.
4. Choose a facility with 3D mammography (tomosynthesis).
3D mammograms provide more information about breast tissue. This allows a radiologist to find more cancers and prevents many women from having to return for extra images.
5. Shower, yes. Deodorant, no.
Bathe or shower before your appointment to remove deodorant and lotion particles which can cause the breast to have an abnormal appearance on mammogram. Don’t reapply deodorant until after your mammogram.
6. Alert the technologist to any abnormalities you’ve noticed.
Let your mammographer know of any changes or abnormalities you’ve felt during breast self-exams.
7. Ask the technologist if you have dense breast tissue.
A dense breast has more connective tissue than fat, which increases your risk of breast cancer. It can also reduce the accuracy of a mammogram. An additional screening test may be recommended to supplement your mammogram.
Designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, our dedicated board-certified breast radiologists specialize exclusively in breast cancer, reading more than 17,000 images a year. And as an NAPBC Accredited Breast Center, we provide the highest standards of patient care.
Schedule your mammogram.
The American College of Radiology recommends that women age 40 and older receive annual screening mammograms. Younger women with a family history of breast cancer, ovarian cancer or radiation in the chest area should talk with their healthcare provider about when to have a mammogram.
Schedule an appointment online: kansashealthsystem.com/mammo
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