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 RMH Funkhouser Women’s Center, we offer digital mammography, the latest technology in women’s health care. Digital mammography is available on our Mobile Health Services van, the first mobile unit in the nation to be equipped with the full-field GE digital mammography unit.
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.