The most lives are saved from breast cancer when women get screened every year, starting at age 40.
Starting yearly mammograms at age 40 has helped cut breast cancer deaths by more than 40 percent.
What age should I start getting screened?
Breast cancer is an important health issue for women in their 40s. It is the second leading cause of all deaths for women in this age group.
- Half of all fatal breast cancers are diagnosed before age 50.
- All of the major health care groups agree that yearly screening starting at age 40 saves the most lives. In fact, starting screening at age 40 will save 100,000 more lives every decade than starting at age 50.
- Black, Hispanic and Asian women are at particularly high risk of developing aggressive forms of early onset breast cancer, particularly in their 40s.
- Women who do not get screened and develop breast cancer in their 40s are almost 3.5 times more likely to need a mastectomy and 2.5 times more likely to need chemotherapy.
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St. Bernards Outpatient Imaging Center is the most advanced imaging facility in the region, specializing in providing digital imaging services to women.
An annual mammogram is one of the most important exams for women 40 and older. St. Bernards Imaging Center features full-field 3-d digital mammography, producing superior images that allow radiologists the ability to zoom in and closely examine areas, as needed. The Imaging Center has three digital mammography units to make scheduling easy and to help reduce patient wait times. A fourth unit is contained in St. Bernards Mobile Women’s Health Unit.
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Online Appointment Request
Online appointment requesting is available only for women 40 years of age and over who qualify for a SCREENING
mammogram. If you are under 40, or are experiencing any of the following problems, you may not
qualify for a screening mammogram and need to contact your doctor for an appointment:
- Breast Pain
- Lump in Your Breast
- Breast Discharge
- Personal History of Breast Cancer
Please answer the questions below in order to determine if you are able to schedule a mammogram.