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Even though mammograms are the best way to detect early stage breast cancer, 4 of 10 women don’t get them annually. If your doctor orders a screening or diagnostic mammogram, get those tests done at Grady's Avon Breast Center.
Our breast screenings and treatment use the latest techniques and technology in a modern, patient-focused setting.
Schedule your mammogram at Grady today!
When Should I Be Screened?
The goal of any breast screening like a mammogram is to detect cancer at the earliest possible stage, when it is most treatable. The American Cancer Society recommends women start getting annual mammograms beginning at age 40. However, if you have any risk factors or symptoms of breast cancer, discuss them with your doctor, who may recommend you get mammogram screenings sooner.
By the way, men can get breast cancer, too. It is important men discuss any changes in their breasts with their doctor.
If you have never had a mammogram, you can learn more by watching this video:Three Components of Breast Screening
Grady’s Avon Breast Center offers state-of-the-art digital mammograms, which allow technicians to improve resolution and contrast to see through dense breast tissue and find small tumors.
If results require more testing, we can provide advanced imaging and diagnostics, including biopsies.
If a tumor is found, Grady’s team of oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, surgeons and others collaborate to provide a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan.
Supporting Our Patients
Our mammography team works to make each patient as comfortable as possible.
Our volunteer breast cancer survivor team, backed by the Avon Foundation, supports patients. The team’s "pink ladies" are cancer survivors from all walks of life who provide one-on-one support to women and men newly diagnosed and seeking treatment.
Grady is Georgia’s first Cancer Center of Excellence
Grady’s Cancer Center was Georgia’s first Cancer Center of Excellence. Created by the Georgia Cancer Coalition, Grady is the hub of a statewide network of organizations providing exceptional cancer care. The Commission on Cancer recognized Grady’s cancer services with an Outstanding Achievement Award.
Grady’s Avon Breast Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons' National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and recognized as a Breast Center of Excellence by the Commission on Quality and Safety and the Commission on Breast Imaging.
What are the symptoms of Breast Cancer?
When breast cancer starts out, it is too small to feel and does not cause signs and symptoms. As it grows, however, breast cancer can cause changes in how the breast looks or feels. Symptoms may include:
These symptoms may be caused by something other than cancer, but the only way to know is to get checked.
What puts me at greater risk?
Several factors may affect your risk of developing breast cancer, including:
How can I find out if I have breast cancer?
Women should begin to have routine screenings for breast cancer at the age of 40. Women under the age of 40 should perform monthly breast self-examsand talk to their health care provider about when and how often they should be screened. If you have any risk factors or symptoms of breast cancer, talk to a doctor, nurse, or health care professional.
A screening mammogram is the best test for finding breast cancer early. It is a series of X-ray pictures of the breast that allow doctors to look for early signs of breast cancer.
Screening mammograms look for signs of cancer
Screening mammograms are x-ray exams of the breasts that are used for women who have no breast symptoms or signs of breast cancer (such as a previous abnormal mammogram). The goal of a screening mammogram is to find breast cancer when it’s too small to be felt by a woman or her doctor. Finding breast cancers early (before they have grown and spread) greatly improves a woman’s chance for successful treatment.
A screening mammogram usually takes 2 x-ray pictures (views) of each breast. Some women, such as those with large breasts, may need to have more pictures to see as much breast tissue as possible.
How is a screening mammogram done?
You will stand in front of a special X-ray machine. A technologist will place your breast on a clear plastic plate. Another plate will firmly press your breast from above. The plates will flatten the breast, holding it still while the X-ray is being taken. You will feel some pressure. The other breast will be X-rayed in the same way. The steps are then repeated to make a side view of each breast. You will then wait while the technologist checks the four X-rays to make sure the pictures do not need to be re-done. Keep in mind that the technologist cannot tell you the results of your mammogram.
What does having a screening mammogram feel like?
Having a mammogram is uncomfortable for most women. Some women find it painful. A mammogram takes only a few moments, though, and the discomfort is over soon. What you feel depends on the skill of the technologist, the size of your breasts, and how much they need to be pressed. Your breasts may be more sensitive if you are about to get or have your period. A doctor with special training, called a radiologist, will read the mammogram. He or she will look at the X-ray for early signs of breast cancer or other problems.