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Mammograms help detect signs of breast cancer

It’s no secret that a yearly mammogram can save your life. Care teams at Ascension Saint Thomas provide the latest in mammography to detect signs of breast cancer. 

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Find out which mammogram is right for you

Care teams at Ascension Saint Thomas know that finding breast cancer early can help save lives. That’s why it is important for women to get a mammogram every year, beginning at age 40. A mammogram is a way for your doctor to check your breasts for signs of breast cancer. If your mother, sister, aunt or grandmother has been diagnosed with breast cancer, ask your doctor if you should have a breast screening test before the age of 40.

At many of our locations, we provide comprehensive breast imaging, including:

  • Screening mammograms
  • Diagnostic mammograms
  • Digital mammography
  • 3-D mammography
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Abbreviated breast MRI

Getting regular screenings may help find breast cancer early, when it is most treatable. There may be more options for treatment too. Our care teams are here to answer any questions you may have about mammograms or breast cancer. We'll take the time to explain procedures and walk you through every step. At Ascension Saint Thomas, we are dedicated to delivering care for your breast health that is right for you. Click the button below to schedule, or call 615-284-7465.

Saturday appointments are available.

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Our primary care and OB/GYN doctors provide a wide range of care for women, including referring women to get a yearly mammogram. We know the importance of detecting signs of breast cancer early. So, we work to help make the process of getting annual screenings as easy as possible – from convenient, online scheduling to compassionate imaging services.

Our OB-GYNs provide a wide range of care for women, including referring women to get a yearly mammogram.
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Frequently asked questions

What is a mammogram?
Mammography is an X-ray exam of your breast tissue. A mammogram can help find problems with your breasts, such as cysts or cancer. 

What age should women get a mammogram?
While there are different recommendations, doctors and care teams at Ascension Saint Thomas support the recommendation of the American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging - women should receive an annual mammogram starting at age 40. Most insurance providers cover a mammogram each year - either per plan year or every 365 days. Check with your insurance provider for more details on your coverage.

If you are age 20 to 39 and notice any change in your breast tissue, call your doctor right away.

What happens during a mammogram?
You will need to undress from the waist up. The technologist will position your breast to get the clearest test results. Then, each of your breasts will be compressed one at a time. This helps get the most complete X-ray image. Your breasts will be repositioned to get at least two separate views of each breast.

What do mammograms detect?
A mammogram can help find problems with your breasts, such as cysts or cancer.

Do mammograms hurt?
You may find the pressure of the plates on your breasts to be uncomfortable or even painful. Timing your mammogram when your breasts are not tender is important. In premenopausal women, this is usually 1 week after your menstrual period. If you do have discomfort or pain, ask the technologist to reposition you to try to make it as painless as possible. Remember that each X-ray takes just a few moments and could help save your life.

How do I prepare for a mammogram?
Don't use deodorant, powder, or lotions on the day of your mammogram. It is also recommended to wear a top that is easy to remove, since you will be asked to undress from the waist up and wear a gown.  

Balancing care with caution

Compassionate care is safe care. At Ascension Saint Thomas, our commitment is to keep you and your family safe while you’re receiving care in our ERs, hospitals, doctor’s offices and outpatient centers. We have strict safety precautions in place — such as limiting visitors, staggering appointments, rearranging waiting rooms, making more online appointments available, treating patients who are ill at separate sites of care, and performing rigorous procedures to clean and disinfect. Don’t delay getting the care you need at this time. We are fully prepared for your safety when you're in our care.

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Accredited breast center

Ascension Saint Thomas breast centers are accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). The NAPBC recognizes organizations that are dedicated to improving quality of care for women with breast conditions.

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