A mammogram is currently the best screening tool available to help you monitor and protect your breast health. As a resident of Tampa, Florida, you live near Moffitt Cancer Center, where you can turn for your mammogram with confidence. We’ve been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The BICOE designation is awarded to breast imaging centers that achieve excellence by seeking and earning accreditation in all of the ACR’s voluntary breast-imaging programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program.
A relatively simple and safe procedure that uses low doses of radiation, a mammogram is an X-ray-based examination of a breast that can be used for screening purposes in women who have no breast cancer symptoms. Usually, mammograms produce two images of each breast.
A screening mammogram can reveal breast abnormalities that may or may not be cancerous (or precancerous). Therefore, if a mammogram produces a positive result that requires further evaluation, it is not necessarily a cause for alarm. A physician near you in Tampa, FL, may order a diagnostic mammogram, breast ultrasound or MRI to obtain additional images for further study. A diagnostic mammogram may also be recommended for a woman who is experiencing:
- Breast pain
- Nipple discharge
- Breast skin irritation
- A noticeable breast mass or lump
By facilitating the early detection of breast tumors in many cases, mammography has helped to make this condition one of the most treatable types of cancer. For this reason, the multispecialty team in the Don & Erika Wallace Comprehensive Breast Program at Moffitt recommends an annual screening mammogram for women age 40 and older, and also for those who have very dense breast tissue at any age.