WellSpan Health’s Preventive Health Task Force makes the following recommendations regarding the frequency of mammograms:
- Women aged 40 to 50 should get a mammogram at least every other year.
- Women 50 years of age and older should have yearly mammograms.
- All women should talk to their physician about their personal medical history and family history of cancer and determine if they need to follow a different schedule for receiving mammograms.
Types of Mammograms
Screening mammograms are for women without any symptoms as part of normal preventive health care. Screening mammograms establish a baseline study of the breast and are used to monitor breast health of women over 40 or with special risks of breast cancer or those with implants.
Diagnostic mammograms are for women with current problems such as lumps, nipple discharges, unusual tenderness or pain, recent diagnosis of breast cancer (within 3 years), or visual skin changes. A diagnostic mammogram helps your physician understand and diagnose the breast problem. Women generally learn the results of a diagnostic mammogram upon completion of the exam. Women's Imaging Center has a staff of specialized physicians and technologists who perform diagnostic mammograms and other studies, such as breast ultrasound, as required. Breast ultrasound is used to help determine the cause of a lump or finding discovered on a mammogram. Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to help tell the difference between fluid-filled cysts and solid masses. This test is used in addition to, not as a replacement of, a mammogram.
WellSpan offers women state-of-the-art mammography technology by highly-trained mammography technologists dedicated to making your mammography experience as thorough and painless as possible.