Breast Screening FAQs

What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is a breast x-ray that can detect a tumor as small as the head of a pin. Our mammograms are performed by a certified mammography technologist using state-of-the-art digital equipment, which assures you the highest quality exam with the lowest radiation dose.

What is a clinical breast exam?

A clinical breast exam includes visual and palpable (touch) examination of your breasts and surrounding tissues. These exams are conducted by nurses specially trained in this area.

What is breast self-examination?

Performed on a monthly basis, breast self-examination is a way for a woman to thoroughly, systematically, check her breasts for signs of cancer, both visually and palpably (by touch). Breast self-exam provides women with the opportunity to be an active participant in their own breast health care.

Do I Need a Mammogram?

The American Cancer Society recommends that every woman should have a mammogram by the age of 40, and annually thereafter. Regular mammograms are one of the most important things a woman can do to protect her health. If you are over the age of 40, call St. Luke's today to schedule a mammogram and clinical breast exam. Don't delay – a mammogram could save your life.


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