One in seven women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. A mammogram, which is an X-ray of the breast, is the best way to find cancer of the breast in its earliest stages — up to two years before it can be felt or other symptoms appear. If breast cancer is detected early, 90 percent of women can be treated successfully.
Mammography beginning at age 40 offers the best chance of detecting an early breast cancer. However, you should discuss your individual risk with your physician to decide what timing is right for you.
Screening mammography is one of three steps the American Cancer Society recommends for early detection of breast cancer. The other two are an annual clinical examination by a healthcare provider and optional monthly self-breast examination for women over 20 years of age. A diagnostic mammogram is performed if an abnormality is found such as a lump, skin discoloration, skin dimpling or other suspicious findings of the breast or mammogram.
At the Sentara RMH Funkhouser Women’s Center and on our Mobile Health Services van, you receive the highest quality mammography services. We offer 3D mammography, or tomosynthesis in both the Center and on the van. Mammograms are read by the hospital-associated radiologist group, which includes two breast-imaging specialists. Our Center is recognized by the American College of Radiology as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. We are accredited in Mammography, Stereotactic Breast Biopsy, Breast MRI, Breast Ultrasound and Ultrasound- Guided Breast Biopsy. The Women’s Center is NAPBC-accredited as well.
The Mobile Health Services Van is available to come to businesses, neighborhoods, churches or other locations throughout the Harrisonburg, Virginia area to provide convenient service identical in quality to that offered by Sentara RMH Funkhouser Women’s Center.