Did you know that one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime? That's why it's important to begin annual mammogram screenings at age 40.
Regular mammograms are essential to early detection and the fight against breast cancer. In fact, with early detection, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 100 percent.
At Riverview Regional Medical Center, your breast health is important to us. Our caring staff uses the latest technology - like 3D mammography - in a comfortable and welcoming environment to help you stay on top of your health and give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing and being prepared.
We are partnering with Smith County Help Center along with Susan G. Komen to offer free screening mammograms to women who meet the following criteria:
- Women with no personal history of breast cancer or who are not experiencing any symptoms.
- Women who have not had a screening mammogram within the last 12 months.
- Women who are at 250% or less of the governmental poverty guidelines.
- Women who have NO insurance.
- For more information, please call 615.735.5164
3D mammography is a type of digital mammography which uses advanced technology to take images of your breast from different angles and combine them to create a more complete and accurate image of your breast than is possible with regular 2D digital mammography.
3D mammography follows the same basic procedure that you're probably accustomed to with regular 2D digital mammography. 3D lasts just a few seconds longer, slightly extending the time of minor discomfort you may feel and the low-risk radiation exposure involved with all forms of digital mammography.
The more complete and accurate image of your breast generated by 3D mammography allows us to detect breast cancer earlier and more effectively than traditional 2D mammography, so that we can take action to help you fight.
3D mammography is particularly effective if you have dense breast tissue or have been given a previous cancer or lesion diagnosis.
And 3D mammography's higher accuracy means fewer unnecessary return visits to the doctor for false positives that turn out to be non-cancerous.
Find out more information on the benefits of 3D mammography here.