Mammography with Sarah Cannon at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center
As with all cancers, early detection is vital to the successful treatment of breast cancer. In fact, the five-year survival rates for non-invasive (Stage 0) and Stage I breast cancer are 100 percent. Sarah Cannon at Presbyterian/ St. Luke's Medical Center, Denver, is dedicated to early detection through regular screenings.
All women should undergo regular screening. The following are recommendations based on age.
- Ages 20-39: A professional should perform a Clinical Breast Exam (CBE) as part of a regular health exam every three years. Women also should do regular Breast Self-Exams (BSE) and alert a physician in the event of any changes.
- Age 40 and older: A professional should perform a CBE annually and women should have a mammogram each year.
Women who have a family history of breast cancer or otherwise are at increased risk should discuss necessary screenings with their physicians.
Mammograms at Presbyterian/St. Luke's are all digital, which is a highly accurate type of mammography, especially for women under 50, women with dense breasts and women who are perimenopausal.
Digital mammograms save time by producing images that are immediately available on a computer monitor. In addition, the technologist and radiologist may enhance or manipulate the images to give them the most accurate and clear information possible.
Preparing for Your Mammogram
- If you have sensitive breasts, schedule during a time you expect your breasts to be least tender (perhaps avoiding the time around your period).
- Wear an outfit that allows you to remove only the top.
- Avoid lotion, deodorant and powder on your underarms and breasts as they can interfere with the reading.
- Be prepared to discuss previous mammograms and breast health history.
- Bring your referring physician's contact information and your insurance card.