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Breast Care

What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is a safe, low-dose X-ray picture of the breast. It's designed to detect breast cancer at an early stage.

During the exam, the breast is compressed to minimize radiation exposure and allow doctors to see abnormalities that otherwise might not be detected.

During a standard mammogram, technologists obtain two views of each breast: a top view and a side view.

The entire exam takes about 15 minutes. In terms of exam preparation, please do not use body powder, lotions, or deodorant prior to exam. 

Why should I get a mammogram?

Early detection is your best defense against breast cancer.

In fact, 95 percent of women who find breast cancer in the earliest stages, while it's still confined to the breast, survive.

The No. 1 method for detecting breast cancer is undergoing a mammogram and clinical breast exam. 

When should I get a mammogram? 

Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute recommends yearly screening mammograms for average-risk women beginning at age 40. This standard is in compliance with the guidelines set forth by the American College of Radiology, Society of Breast Imaging, American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and National Comprehensive Cancer Network. 

If you have a family history of breast cancer, your physician may recommend that you get annual mammograms before you turn 40. 

Does Saint Luke's offer 3-D mammograms?

Yes. Saint Luke's was the first in the region to offer 3-D mammography, or breast tomosynthesis. 3-D mammograms are available at eight Saint Luke's locations. 

Find where you can get a 3-D mammogram.

Where can I get a mammogram?

You can get a mammogram at the following locations: