I had my annual well-woman exam last week, and my doctor said what I’ve been dreading yet expecting —“It’s time for a baseline mammogram.”
Having met and written about breast cancer survivors, I know that early detection through screening mammography saves lives. A baseline mammogram serves as a standard for comparison with future imaging. I’m sure it won’t be terribly fun to endure, but it’s a must.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States, except for skin cancers. During her life, a woman has a 1 in 8 chance of developing invasive breast cancer and a 1 in 35 chance of dying from the disease.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society recommends annual screening mammograms for women age 40 and older. If that’s you, please join me and schedule a mammogram.
Via Christi Health locations throughout Wichita, Newton and Pittsburg provide digital mammography, the most advanced imaging technology available for the early detection of breast cancer.
Call to schedule your mammography at one of these locations:
Anatomi Imaging 316-462-2000
3636 N. Ridge Road, Wichita
2734 N. Woodlawn, Wichita
Via Christi Clinic 316-689-9532
3311 E. Murdock, Wichita
13213 W. 21st St. N., Wichita
720 Medical Center Drive, Newton
Via Christi Hospital 316-689-6213
3600 E. Harry, Wichita
Via Christi Hospital 620-232-0447
1 Mt. Carmel Way, Pittsburg