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Early Detection is Key

Mammograms are the best test doctors have to find breast cancer early, greatly improving a woman’s chance for successful treatment.

Simply call us at 715.717.4151 to schedule a mammogram at our Women's Health Center.

MEN
Now is the perfect time to remind your wife, mother, daughters, sisters and women friends in your life to get their annual mammogram.

WOMEN
This page is filled with information and links to helpful information on breast health, what you can do to decrease your breast cancer risk and how we treat breast cancer at Sacred Heart Hospital.

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“Every woman over 40 should be examined
for breast cancer once a year.”


—American Cancer Society

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MAMMOGRAMS
 

What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast. There are two types of mammograms.

  • A screening mammogram is used to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease.
  • A diagnostic mammogram is used to check for breast cancer after a lump or other sign or symptom of the disease has been found. 

Will it hurt?
The degree of pressure needed to get the best picture possible may cause discomfort momentarily. It does not harm the breast tissues. If any pain is felt during your mammogram, you should tell the technologist.

What is a digital mammogram?
Digital mammography uses a specially designed digital camera and a computer to produce a two-dimensional image of the breast that is displayed on a high-resolution computer monitor. Sacred Heart Hospital offers both two-dimensional and three-dimensional digital mammograms at the Women’s Health Center in our Radiology Department.

What is breast tomosynthesis (3D digital mammography)?
Breast tomosynthesis uses high-powered computing to convert digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or “slices” building a “three-dimensional mammogram.” Breast tomosynthesis can be used in conjunction with digital mammography as part of your annual screening to capture more breast images. It can also be used for a diagnostic mammogram if you happened to be called back for this type of exam.

Are there additional screening tools and diagnostic tests?
Yes. Additional tools and tests offered in our Radiology Department include:

  • Breast Ultrasound, which uses sound waves to make a picture of the tissues inside the breast. A breast ultrasound can show all areas of the breast, including the area closest to the chest wall, which is hard to study with a digital mammogram.
  • 3 Tesla MRI, which is used for women who are at high risk for breast cancer and those with newly diagnosed breast cancer.
  • Mammotome-assisted breast biopsy technology uses image guidance such as a mammogram, ultrasound and/or MRI to help guide a specialist so that he or she can extract a small sample of tissue. The sample is then tested for cancer cells in a laboratory.
  • Stereotactic breast biopsy uses images from a mammogram to locate problems in the breast. The images help guide a specialist so that he or she can extract a small sample of the tissue. The sample is then tested for cancer cells in a laboratory.

HELPFUL LINKS

  • Women’s Health Library
    Find out what you should know about mammograms, breast self examination and breast disease and conditions. 
  • Breast Cancer
    Learn more about your risks and what you can do to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. 
  • GO Chippewa Valley
    Studies have shown lifestyle changes can decrease your breast cancer risk.