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Mammography offers early detection of Breast Cancer

Skagit Regional Health mammography services

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women – after skin cancer. Breast cancer can occur in men, but at much lower incidence. Mammograms, a primary tool used to screen for breast cancer, can detect breast cancer early. At Skagit Regional Health, we have a comprehensive program for  mammography screenings. Our goal is to find any issues early so we can begin treatment before the disease advances

Skagit Regional Health offers 3D mammography in two convenient locations, in Mount Vernon and Arlington. 

Mammography is a specific type of breast imaging that uses low-dose x-rays to detect breast cancer early – before women experience symptoms – when it is most treatable. Mammography plays an integral part in the early detection of breast cancer because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before you or your physician can feel a noticeable lump.

Recommendations for woman at average risk include:

  • 40 - 44 years: Option to begin annual mammography, obtain baseline to determine breast density.
  • 45 - 54 years: Annual mammography.
  • 55+ years: Discuss option of annual or every-other-year mammography.

Women are considered at increased risk for developing breast cancer if any of the following are true:

  • A mother or sister
    (a first-degree relative) has had breast cancer
  • Previous breast biopsy
    normal (benign) or abnormal (atypia)
  • Having dense breast
    (determined by a baseline mammogram)
  • Previous radiation treatments
    to the chest

Breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, is a recently developed type of breast imaging which goes beyond the traditional mammography test providing more detailed evaluation of the breast. This has been shown to increase the sensitivity of mammography studies and decrease the number of false positives.

There are other risk factors for breast cancer so it is important to review your health history with your provider to determine your level of risk.

For More Information About Mammography

To schedule your annual mammogram please call 360-814-8208 for an appointment at the Women's Imaging Center in Mount Vernon or Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington. Our team can help you schedule a routine mammogram or an advanced breast imaging study, based on your individual needs.

To learn more about our breast cancer services, please contact one of our team members at the Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center at 360-814-2146. We can help you make an appointment with a breast cancer care physician at one of our convenient locations.