It's More Than a Mammogram

It's More than a Mammogram

Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death among women in the United States. 

According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer and about 1 in 36 women will die from breast cancer. Environmental factors make up 80% of a women's risk of developing breast cancer, only 20% is due to family history! Breast cancer is associated with increased age, obesity, alcohol use and hereditary factors. Since 1990, breast cancer death rates have declined progressively due to advancements in treatment and detection. 

Mammography uses X-rays to create images of the breast. These images are called mammograms. Mammography is a screening tool used to find breast cancer in a person who does not have any known problems or symptoms. Mammography can detect cancers at an early stage, when they are small and the chances of survival are highest. Mammography screenings are the most effective breast cancer screening tool used today. Advancements in technology and early detection have resulted in a steady decline in deaths due to breast cancer in Columbia County. Therefore, it is recommended that:

  • Women ages 40 to 44should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast)1
  • Women age 45 to 54should get mammograms every year1
  • Women 55 and older should have mammograms every 2 years, or continue yearly screening1
  • Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health1

3D Mammography is now at Prairie Ridge Health! 3D mammography technology has shown a 41% increase in detecting invasive cancers. If you would like to join us in the fight against breast cancer by donating to 3D mammography equipment or to learn more about 3D Mammography, please click here. 

Women should perform self examinations on a regular basis, noting how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast changes to a health care provider right away.

Addressing the Needs of Our Community

By facilitating increased education and awareness with providers and the community at large, Prairie Ridge Health aims to increase the rate of mammography screenings in order to detect breast cancer early; thus, decreasing the death rate due to breast cancer.

Strategy #1: Expand Program To Meet Community Needs 

Strategy #2: Improve Access

Strategy #3: Increase Awareness


Request a Mammogram Appointment

To request a mammogram, please complete the form below or call us at 920-623-6466 to schedule a mammogram.

Source: 1 American Cancer Society