Expert Care. Compassionate Support.
Your mother, your sister, your daughter, you. The statistics are hard to ignore. One woman in eight will get breast cancer in her lifetime.
Mammograms use low energy X-rays to examine the breast as a diagnostic and screening tool to detect the early presence of breast cancer. Mammograms are recommended annually for women age 45 to 54. Women 55 and older can switch to mammograms every 2 years, or continue yearly screening. You may choose to have a screening earlier and/or more often if you feel the benefit outweighs the potential concerns. We encourage you to discuss this with your health care provider.
Some women are at an increased risk for breast cancer. Family history of breast cancer, certain BRCA gene mutations, previous radiation therapy to the chest, and certain syndromes have all been linked to an increased risk for breast cancer. In these cases, screening recommendations begin at earlier ages. Your health care provider can help identify if you are at an increased risk.
Providence Montana is right here close to home, offering you the best possible, most comprehensive breast care:
- Digital mammograms with 3D tomosynthesis in three locations
- Dedicated breast imaging radiologists for the most accurate diagnosis
- Leading-edge technology and treatment
- Certified by the American College of Radiology as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
- Support and sensitivity that comes only from experience
Screening and diagnosis
- Digital mammograms with 3D tomosynthesis
- Breast MRI
- Breast Ultrasound
- 3D Breast Ultrasound
- Ultrasound and stereotactic guided core biopsy
- Needle localization
- Risk assessment and counseling
- Breast pain evaluation and counseling
- Breast self-exam instruction
- Nutrition counseling
- Lymphedema education
Professional and support services
- Genetic counseling and testing
- Nurse practitioner navigation
- Second-opinion program
- Multidisciplinary pre-treatment physician conferences
- Patient and family education for newly diagnosed women
- Breast cancer support group and peer-to-peer opportunities
Women should never go without having a mammogram due to financial concerns. With the help of the St. Patrick Hospital Foundation Compassion Fund and the Montana Breast and Cervical Health Program, we will help provide financial assistance for those in need.