With an estimated two million women in the U.S. receiving a diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer, all women should make breast health a priority. Early detection is key for a greater chance of survival from breast cancer.

 

Why Baptist Breast Health Center?

 

The Baptist Breast Health Center is the only facility in central Alabama that offers a triple-reading of mammograms, which includes two physician interpretations and computer-aided detection. This unique process delivers more accurate results for your peace of mind.

Baptist Breast Health Center and Montgomery Breast Center are both designated Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

Digital Mammography: The center offers the newest, state-of-the-art digital imaging technology, providing increased detection rates and features specifically designed for your comfort. Our sympathetic, knowledgeable staff will ensure that you receive personalized care tailored to your specific circumstances.

The Baptist Breast Health Center offers two locations to serve your needs:

 

What are my chances of getting breast cancer?

 According to the American Cancer Society,

  • A woman has a one in seven chance of developing invasive breast cancer during her lifetime
  • An estimated 40,000 women will die from breast cancer this year
  • However, death rates from breast cancer have declined, due in large part to earlier detection and treatment options

Who needs a mammogram?

Annual mammograms are recommended after the age of 40.

 

Are mammograms safe?

The amount of radiation required to perform mammograms has been significantly reduced in the past few years. The risk of mammograms causing cancer years later is unlikely. In women over 35, it is believed that the potential benefits far outweigh the risks.

How accurate are mammograms?

Mammograms are not 100 percent, and sometimes a breast cancer is not identified at the time the mammogram is performed. Alternatively, small, unsuspected breast cancer may be detected. A study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that digital mammograms were more effective at detecting cancer in women 50 and younger, perimenopausal or women with dense breasts. The technology was found equally effective for women in the 40,000 participant study that did not fall in one of the above categories. Digital imaging technology is available at both Baptist Breast Health Center locations.

 

Do mammograms replace the need for self-examination or an examination by a physician?

No. Beginning at age 20, women should self-examine their breasts monthly and have a physician examine their breasts every three years. After age 40, self-examination should continue monthly and physician examinations should be performed yearly.

While a breast self-exam (BSE) is useful, it’s not enough. Mammography and a clinical breast exam by a health professional are much more sensitive in detecting small cancers.

 

Take Action—Have a Mammogram

The surest way to treat breast cancer is to catch it in its early stages—the earlier, the better—so it’s best not to wait every other year when the months in between could make all the difference.

 

Preparing for your appointment

Bring any past mammograms or reports, if possible, so we can have your complete breast diagnostic history. The most recent tests are the most important.

  • If you have medical insurance, please bring your insurance card with you.
  • We are happy to assist you in completing forms, if you wish.
  • Please bring a written referral from you physician.
  • Copies of the mammogram reports are forwarded to your personal physician upon request.
  • Our staff will gladly answer questions about self- examination.

Baptist Breast Health Center is open Monday through Friday and offers flexible appointment scheduling to meet your needs. Please call your primary care physician to discuss having a mammogram.

For more information, call (334) 273-4490.