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Mammography is used to help doctors monitor breast health and detect breast cancer early. In fact, a mammogram can identify cancer as soon as two years before you can feel a lump.
What is a Mammogram?
Mammography uses low-energy X-rays and computer sequencing to image the breast tissue.
Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women in the United States. Annual screening mammograms greatly increase your chances for detecting this disease at earlier, more treatable stages. Zoom Women's Imaging provides screening and diagnostic mammogram services, delivering results you and your doctor can feel confident about.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that women ages 40 years and older receive a screening mammogram annually, although some women may need screenings earlier. Women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer should talk with a doctor about when to start screenings and how frequently to get them. All health insurance plans cover an annual screening mammogram for ages 40+ and many may cover the cost of a screening mammogram before 40 if you have a family history of breast cancer.
Receiving an early diagnosis allows your doctors to initiate a treatment plan in the most effective manner possible before the cancer has a chance to spread. Cure rates approach 100% for breast cancer still confined to the breast ducts, according to the American Cancer Society.
You can be confident in our team, which includes our seasoned mammographer on-site:
Stephanie DeClerck (RT,R,M,ARRT) works directly with the best fellowship-trained, breast imaging radiologists in Oklahoma.
Stephanie is a breast cancer survivor herself, for over 22 years. She pursued her registered status as a Mammography Technologist after her diagnosis. She wants all women to know the importance of annual breast cancer screenings.
1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. 8 out of 9 diagnosed women have no family history of breast cancer.
Stephanie's father was stationed at Vance Air Force Base when she moved to Enid at age 3 and attended Enid Public Schools. Her early career was not in the medical imaging field. At the age of 41, on just her second mammogram, she found herself needing additional imaging and a breast biopsy. She was ultimately diagnosed with breast cancer.
The imaging team, physicians, and nurses were all exceptional and answered all of her questions, but none of them had ever been through breast cancer themselves. Her primary care physician suggested she go into mammography and become that person who's had that phone call and been down that road. She also wanted to be able to share her personal knowledge and experience from the biopsy stage, through surgery, recovery and survivorship.
As a breast cancer survivor, Stephanie knows the importance of annual breast cancer screenings. She understands that a mammogram isn’t the most comfortable 10 minutes of your day, but it is a very important 10 minutes because each image the technologist takes is helping you remain proactively in charge of your own health.
She said, "The screening mammogram is really easy. It's awkward yes, but there's nothing really that uncomfortable about it. There's nothing that comes at anyone that's sharp or pointed, no needles, nothing like that involved in this type of a screening. It's merely an x-ray and there is a bit of compression involved. It lasts a total of about 7 to 10 minutes depending on the number of pictures we have to take. And you're not in compression that entire time. The amount of time in compression overall is maybe 3 to 5 minutes."
Breast cancer is the most common cancer, with 300,590 new cases expected in the United States in 2023. Mammography detects most cancer in women without symptoms. When caught early, breast cancer success rate increases by nearly 100%! A baseline screening mammogram is advised for women between ages 35-40 that have no symptoms, tenderness or lumps. If you are experiencing any problem or concern with either breast you should contact your physician about getting a diagnostic mammogram. Younger individuals with a first degree relative diagnosed with breast cancer should start earlier. Individuals over 40 are due for an annual screening.