Early detection can save your life.
A mammogram is conducted to help screen for or diagnose breast cancer. Cancer that is discovered at an early stage is more easily treated and cured. One in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. The good news is, when detected early, the breast cancer survival rate is 98 percent.
The American Cancer Society recommends a baseline screening mammography for every woman between the ages of 35 and 39 (possibly earlier, if there's a family history of breast cancer), and an annual mammogram each year after the age of 40. If you're a woman over 40, schedule your mammography screening today.
Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital's Breast Care Center offers state-of-the-art digital mammography which can help pinpoint cancer in its earliest stages. Digital mammography provides crisp, clear, easy-to-understand images, and it delivers rapid results for physicians and patients.
The machine features a sophisticated computer-aided detection system that provides crisp, clear images that help clinicians pinpoint cancer in it earliest stages. And because these images are immediately available in digital form, there's no need to develop film. That makes the entire process much shorter.
A screening mammogram generally takes only 15 to 20 minutes, with results mailed to patients within 48 hours.
The clarity of a digital mammography
(above, left) compared with a film image.
To schedule a mammogram, call Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital's Breast Care Center at (805) 681-6459, between 8:00 a.m and 5:00 p.m. weekdays. You don't need a physician's order for a screening mammography appointment.
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