The risk of breast cancer increases sharply with age. You can increase your chances for early detection of breast cancer by adhering to “the five commandments” of good breast health:
- Perform a breast self-exam every month.
- Have a clinical breast exam conducted by a healthcare professional every year.
- If warning signs appear, such as pain, a lump you can feel, or nipple discharge, see your doctor immediately.
- Talk with your doctor about ways to reduce your risk.
- Set a schedule of regular, yearly mammograms. Most doctors recommend that you begin having yearly mammograms at age 40.
A mammogram is a safe, low-dose X-ray that can detect irregularities in the breast, sometimes even before you or your doctor can feel a lump. At Jordan Valley Medical Center – West Valley Campus, our digital mammography systems offer the best opportunity for early diagnosis of breast cancer. This sophisticated imaging technology enables doctors to view high quality breast images on a computer screen, and magnify and enhance any areas of concern for more accurate readings. Our advanced mammography systems are also designed to improve your comfort while shortening your exam time.