The Gold Standard for Detecting Breast Cancer
Mammography, X-ray of the breast, is used to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages, when it is most treatable. In fact, mammograms can detect 90 to 95 percent of breast cancers. Mammography is considered the best method for detecting breast cancer. It is recommended in combination with monthly breast self-exams and annual clinical breast exams.
What Leading Experts Recommend
The American Cancer Society recommends that women:
- Age 20 or older perform monthly breast self-exams
- Ages 20 to 40 receive a clinical breast exam every three years
- Age 40 or older receive a clinical breast exam every year
- Age 40 or older get a mammogram annually
The MidMichigan Difference
- Accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.
- Accredited by the American College of Radiologists (ACR) and American College of Surgeons, our mammography facilities stand out from any other in the region.
- The Center for Women’s Health at MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
- We offer both film-screen and digital mammography, to meet women's needs for accurate, effective mammography screening.
- We employ highly skilled, credentialed staff members, as well as sophisticated ImageChecker® technology – a state-of-the-art process that serves as a “spell-check” for most screening and diagnostic mammograms.
- Both the ACR and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have certified our mammography equipment.
Mammography at MidMichigan Health
To schedule your mammogram at one of MidMichigan Health's conveniently located breast-care centers:
- Get a mammogram order from your physician
- Call our centralized scheduling number, 1-888-367-2778
- Seek financial-support information if you are concerned about how to afford a mammogram
- Prepare for your mammogram by adhering to these guidelines:
- Do not wear deodorant or dusting powder.
- If your breasts are tender or sensitive to caffeine, avoid consuming it the day of your test.
- Do not panic if your mammogram appears suspicious. While any lump or concern is taken seriously, 80 percent of breast abnormalities turn out to be noncancerous.
Mammography is offered at the following MidMichigan sites: