According to the American Cancer Society, women in the United States have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer at some point in their lives.
A mammogram is the best way to screen for breast cancer. That’s because a mammogram involves taking an X-ray picture of your breast which can show abnormal areas or changes in your breast tissue. Breast self-exams or exams by a healthcare provider, which involve looking at and feeling your breasts to check for symptoms of breast cancer, are no longer a recommended screening tool. However, regular breast self-exams may help you to become familiar with how your breasts typically look and feel so you can spot potential problems more quickly.
Read more about recommended breast cancer screening guidelines by age.
Traditional two-dimensional mammograms take pictures of your breasts from two different angles – top-to-bottom and side-to-side. Here at Fort HealthCare, we use the best available imaging technology in our Radiology Department, including Genius™ 3D MAMMOGRAM™ technology – the only technology proven to detect breast cancer 15 months earlier. And if you should need more comprehensive care beyond your screening, we’re here to take care of you.
Three-dimensional mammograms (also called breast tomosynthesis or 3D mammograms), use the latest imaging technology to take several X-ray pictures from different angles and create a 3D image. 3D images are clearer and more detailed than traditional 2D images, which makes it easier for your doctor to identify early signs of breast cancer. 3D mammography also has been shown to reduce the number of “false positive” and unclear mammogram results.
Mammograms are covered by most types of medical insurance. But even if you don’t have insurance coverage, there is financial assistance available to help. The Wisconsin Well Woman Program (WWWP) offers preventative health screening services for under-insured or uninsured women who meet specific age and income guidelines. For more information on WWWP, contact the Jefferson County Health Department at (920) 674-7193.
If you do not meet the qualifications for WWWP, the Fort HealthCare Memorial Foundation also offers vouchers for free mammograms. For more information about Fort HealthCare Mammogram Vouchers, please speak with a Fort HealthCare Primary Care clinic or the Rock River Free Clinic in Jefferson, Wis.
By taking advantage of new imaging technology and the availability of free or low-cost mammograms, you can improve your chances of survival if you are diagnosed with breast cancer. Don’t wait — schedule your mammogram today! You can even make your appointment request online.