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Mammography is a form of X-ray. The procedure involves passing low doses of radiation through the breast tissue. This method is a good way to detect growths before they are large enough to be detected during your self-breast exam. Many growths are hard to palpate because they may be deep in the breast tissue. The earlier growths are found, the easier they are to treat.

A baseline screening mammogram is recommended once between the ages of 35-39. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend women ages 40 and over should have a mammogram every year. All women need to have a mammogram regardless of the size of their breasts, whether or not they have implants, or whether or not they have had a breast reduction. Your provider may recommend a mammogram earlier if you have certain risk factors. These risk factors include, but are not limited to:

  • A sister, mother, or daughter who has had breast cancer
  • You have had breast cancer before
  • Have never had children
  • Early menstruation
  • Late onset of menopause

Your provider may order a diagnostic mammogram if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Unexplained growth or thickening area in the breast or armpit tissue
  • Dimpling of the skin on the breast
  • Any type of abnormal discharge from the breast
  • A recent change in the characteristics of the nipple or skin on the breast

Scheduling your mammogram

Call Henderson Health Care at (402) 723-4512 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule your mammogram. The best time to schedule your appointment is the week following your period. This will reduce the likelihood of inflammation and breast tenderness.