According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, making breast cancer the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women worldwide. Yet breast cancer also has one of the highest survival rates, largely thanks to early detection services such as screening mammograms.
What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray procedure used to detect the early stages of breast cancer long before it can be felt and usually years before physical symptoms can manifest. If detected early, breast cancer treatment can be less invasive and more successful. Some warning signs of breast cancer include a lump in the breast or armpit, nipple discharge, any change in the size or shape of the breast or pain in the breast.
The American Cancer Society’s recommended screening guidelines allow women between 40 to 44 years of age the option for an annual mammography; 45 to 54 years of age should have an annual mammogram; and those 55 years of age and older may transition to biennial mammogram or maintain annual mammogram.
The American Cancer Society estimates that this year approximately 268,000 women and men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 41,000 will lose their life from it.
Self-Referral Screenings at Madigan's Mammography Section - Dept. of Radiology:
Patients can call to schedule or stop by the dept. in Radiology. Referral /order from PCM is not needed. Call: (253) 968-3669/0997 or visit Madigan's mammography Service page for more information.
Appointments can be made by visiting the Radiology Scheduling Desk in room 1-46-05, which is located on the first floor of the Hospital Tower and can be reached by taking the East Corridor of the hospital.
A patient checking in for Mammography is also done in room 1-46-05, which is located on the first floor of the Hospital Tower and can be reached by taking the East Corridor of the hospital.
If you have a mammogram scheduled, please fill out the "Mammography Worksheet" and fax to Madigan's Department of Radiology Scheduling at (253) 968-2689 during business hours or bring the filled-out form to your Radiology appointment.