Dear Valued Patient,
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is here again, and there’s no time like the present to schedule your mammogram at Bergen Imaging Center.
Did you know that breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the United States, second only to skin cancer?
The good news is that mammography technology has reduced breast cancer mortality in the United States by 33 percent over the last 20 years. Only 5 out of 1000—or 0.5 percent—of women who undergo a screening mammography are diagnosed with breast cancer. While the chance of a negative diagnosis is in your favor, it is still important to schedule your annual mammogram.
What are the benefits of mammography?
Mammography saves lives by detecting cancer in its earliest stages—when it is easiest to treat. It is considered the best method for detecting breast cancer because it can show changes in breast tissue up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them.
How often should I get a mammogram?
Current guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) recommend annual screening mammography for women beginning at age 40. If you are at risk, or have previously been diagnosed with breast cancer, please consult with your doctor.
What are the benefits of 3D Mammography (Tomosynthesis)?
Tomosynthesis, also referred to as 3D mammography, has been shown to increase the detection of potentially lethal cancers by as much as 41 percent, and dramatically reduces the number of false positives. 3D mammography is able to “see through” tissue, making it possible to locate tumors that would otherwise be obscured on traditional 2D mammography.
Bergen Imaging Center now offers DXA/bone density screening
DXA/Bone Density testing is a diagnostic tool, used to measure bone loss, and assess a patient’s risk for osteoporosis. It is also recognized as the ‘gold standard’ for body composition analysis.
If it’s time for your mammogram or bone density screening, give us a call at 201.568.4242, or visit us online at www.bergenimagingcenter.com to schedule your appointment.