Mammography
DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY IS CLEARLY BETTER.

Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center (WNJ) is now providing digital mammography - and digital makes a difference. Digital is significantly better at detecting cancer than conventional film mammography, especially in women under 50 and women of any age with dense breasts. This state-of-the-art screening option also offers less exposure to radiation and quicker results. Sharper, more accurate scans, quicker results, and the best equipment mean that our renowned staff of fellowship trained radiologists will have the highest quality information available to assist with your preventative health care.

Mammograms are the best screening tool available to detect breast cancer at its earliest, most treatable stages. 

The American Cancer Society recommends the following guidelines for breast screening:
 
Breast Cancer
• Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) if they wish to do so.
• Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
• Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening.
• Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.
• All women should be familiar with the known benefits, limitations, and potential harms linked to breast cancer screening. They also should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast changes to a health care provider right away. 
 
These guidelines are for women at average risk for breast cancer. Women with a personal history of breast cancer, a family history of breast cancer, a genetic mutation known to increase risk of breast cancer (such as BRCA), and women who had radiation therapy to the chest before the age of 30 are at higher risk for breast cancer, not average-risk.
 
Some women – because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – should be screened with MRIs along with mammograms. (The number of women who fall into this category is very small.) Talk with a health care provider about your risk for breast cancer and the best screening plan for you.