A mammogram is a valuable tool because it can detect breast cancer at an early stage, often before physical symptoms develop. A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray of the breast. While this test is adept at detecting cancer, about 80 percent of breast abnormalities are benign. These include calcifications, cysts and other masses.
Call the McFarland Mammography Department to schedule your exam. A physician referral is not required. 515-239-4456
Three steps to early detection:
Some women – because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – should be screened with MRI in addition to mammograms. (The number of women who fall into this category is small: less than 2% of all the women in the US.) Talk with your doctor about your history and whether you should have additional tests at an earlier age.
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