Did you know that one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime? That’s why it’s important to begin annual mammogram screenings at age 40. Regular mammograms are essential to early detection and the fight against breast cancer. In fact, with early detection, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 100 percent.
At Maria Parham Health, your breast health is important to us. Our caring staff uses the latest technology – like 3D mammography – in a comfortable and welcoming environment to help you stay on top of your health and give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing and being prepared. Patients for Screening Mammograms will receive a 3D mammogram unless their physician or insurance requires 2D.
If you have no symptoms and a physician, then we can schedule a screening mammogram for you. If you have a lump or pain, you need to see your physician first to be evaluated. Either way, we need to know the name of your physician so we can have him/her review your results.
3D Mammography is Maria Parham Health’s greatest ally in the fight against breast cancer. It allows the radiologist to view the x-ray image more closely, zeroing in on suspicious or concerning areas. Not only does 3D mammography provide better pictures of the breast, but it also reduces the amount of radiation needed for quality images. 3D mammography uses advanced technology to take images of your breast from different angles and combine them to create a more complete and accurate image of your breast than is possible with regular 2D digital mammography.
The radiologist can view and manipulate the images on high-resolution computer monitors that enhance visualization of the structures within the breast tissue. They can also adjust brightness and contrast, and zoom in on specific areas to help detect small calcifications, masses, and other changes that may be signs of early cancer. 3D mammograms to provide a more detailed image, which can result in fewer callbacks, especially for women with dense breast tissue. We offer innovative same-day health care services with a personal touch to make our guests comfortable.
Maria Parham’s screening mammograms are read by the Breast Imaging Radiologists at Wake Radiology. This is a specialized team that is dedicated to breast imaging. The report will then be sent back to your physician after these specialists review the images.
The more complete and accurate image of your breast generated by 3D mammography allows us to detect breast cancer earlier and more effectively than traditional 2D mammography so that we can take action to help you fight.
3D mammography is particularly effective if you have dense breast tissue or have been given a previous cancer or lesion diagnosis.
And 3D mammography’s higher accuracy means less unnecessary return visits to the doctor for false positives that turn out to be non-cancerous.
Maria Parham Health is working towards a three-year/Full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients a full range of state-of-the-art services.
If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, an interdisciplinary team of medical professionals will manage your case, including:
The American Cancer Society has developed and adopted the following guidelines for the detection of breast cancer in women without symptoms:
Women at average risk for breast cancer
Annual screenings from age 40
Women at increased risk for breast cancer
Women with certain BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations or who are untested but have first-degree relatives (mothers, sisters, or daughters) who are proved to have BRCA mutations Yearly starting by age 30 (but not before age 25)
New breast cancer screening guidelines outlined by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) call for risk assessments beginning at age 30 for all women and detail specific instructions for African American women who are at an increased risk of mortality from breast cancer.