Breast Health Services
Novant Health Gaffney Medical Center is leading local women in the fight against breast
cancer with the latest technology and a team of specialized experts. One in eight
women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer has a 98% survival rate
when detected early, yet less than half of all eligible Cherokee County women have
a mammogram every year. The best protection is early detection and an annual mammogram is the most advanced tool for finding cancer in its early, most treatable stages.
Digital mammography is one of
the best tools in early detection. The Gaffney Medical Center Imaging Services Department is staffed by board-certified radiologists
and is nationally accredited in mammography. Our technologists have advanced training
in breast imaging and are certified in mammography. If screening mammography
shows any potential problems, you will be scheduled for diagnostic imaging as soon
as possible. A mammography technologist will be there to help you by answering questions
and scheduling follow up procedures, as needed. These procedures may include a diagnostic
mammogram or a breast ultrasound. If findings result in a needed biopsy, Gaffney Medical Center offers both stereotactic and ultrasound-guided biopsy.
To schedule your screening mammogram, call 864-487-1616.
What is mammography?
A mammography exam, known as a mammogram, is a non-invasive medical test that uses
a low dose x-ray to detect and diagnose breast diseases in a woman. It produces a sharp,
detailed image that can reveal small tumors up to two years before they can be felt
by you or your physician.
Why is a mammogram recommended?
Mammography is the most
accurate screening tool used today to detect breast cancer. It can detect abnormalities in a breast examination. Research
has clearly shown that mammography increases breast cancer survival since it can
detect the disease in its early stages.
Who should get a mammogram?
It is recommended that women
age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year. Some women may need to
be screened earlier, or more frequently, depending on personal risk factors. Talk
to your doctor to determine your personal risk and a mammography schedule that is
right for you.
When should I schedule a mammogram?
If you are over 40, have a mammogram each year. It is recommended that you schedule your mammogram for the
week following your period if you are under age 50. If you are in menopause, schedule
at any time during the month.
How do I prepare for a mammogram?
On the day of your mammogram,
do not wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or on your breasts.
These can appear on the mammogram as calcium spots. If you have sensitive breasts,
you may want to take an over-the-counter pain reliever prior to the procedure. If
you have experienced any changes in your breasts or have any breast problems, talk
to the technologist prior to the exam. If possible, have prior mammograms available
to the radiologist at the time of the current exam.
Are there special programs for women without insurance?
Special mammography programs
are available through grant funding from the Cancer Association and Best Chance
What else can I do?
The best protection against
breast cancer is early detection. In addition to mammography, check your own breasts
for changes once a month and get regular clinical breast exams from your healthcare provider.