Receive a Screening or Diagnostic Mammogram
A screening mammogram is an X-ray examination of the breast in a woman who has no breast cancer symptoms. A diagnostic mammogram may be recommended for someone who shows symptoms of breast cancer or has an abnormality during a routine mammogram.
The goal of a screening mammogram is to find breast cancer or a lump in the breast when it is still too small for you or your doctor to feel. Screening mammograms can drastically improve a woman's chance for successful treatment by finding small breast cancers early.
A screening mammogram usually takes two X-rays of each breast. For some patients, more pictures may be needed to include as much breast tissue as possible. If you have dense breasts, we recommend a 3D mammogram.
If you would like to schedule a mammogram, view our mammogram locations.
Mammograms at UPMC Susquehanna
Talking to your primary care physician is very important; discuss the importance of self-breast examination and screening mammograms. Always talk to your physician if you have a concern or question. If you need to schedule a mammogram, your physician will give you a referral or you can call one of our locations directly.
- The Breast Health Center at UPMC Williamsport Regional Medical Center, Divine Providence Campus: (570) 326-8200
- UPMC Susquehanna Muncy: (570) 321-2545
- UPMC Susquehanna Soldiers + Sailors in Wellsboro: (570) 723-0160
- UPMC Susquehanna Medical Plaza in Mansfield: (570) 662-1900
- UPMC Susquehanna Lock Haven: (570) 893-5501
What is a Mammogram?
For over 40 years, mammograms have given breast health specialists advanced diagnostic imaging to detect breast diseases, breast cancer and other breast issues in women, such as lumps in the breast, breast pain, or nipple discharge. Mammography uses X-ray technology to determine if breast tissue is suspected of abnormal cell growth and to determine if a breast biopsy is needed.
The mammogram machine compresses the breast to spread breast tissue apart. This allows an accurate X-ray picture using a lower dose of radiation. The results are read by our dedicated breast radiologists.
UPMC Susquehanna offers the following services for mammograms in PA:
Always talk to your physician if you have any concerns or questions.
When to Have a Mammogram
The American Cancer Society recommends that women who have no symptoms and are at average risk for breast cancer should begin screening mammography at age 40. For women ages 20 to 40, a clinical breast examination is suggested at least every three years.
Every woman is different. As she ages, recommendations for screening are based on her current health status and estimated life expectancy. As long as a woman is in good health (with a life expectancy exceeding five years) she should continue with yearly mammography.
Increased-risk women have a family history of:
- Breast cancer at a young age
- Breast cancers affecting both sides of the chest
- Ovarian and breast cancers
- Male breast cancers
Most early breast cancers cause no symptoms, as it sometimes takes years for the disease to progress. When breast cancer is detected at an early stage (when it hasn't spread to the lymph nodes) the five year survival rate is 97 percent.
If you have an increased risk for developing breast cancer, the American Cancer Society recommends that you check with your health care provider to schedule an appropriate breast screening for you. Knowing your risk is important for you and your family members. At UPMC Susquehanna we offer genetic testing, breast cancer risk assessments, and educational tools to give you all of the information you need.
Women who have breast cancer symptoms, such as a lump in the breast, breast pain, or nipple discharge should check with their health care professional to determine whether or not mammography is recommended, regardless of age or time between mammograms.
We recommend browsing our mammography guidelines to see commonly asked questions regarding breast health, including when to have a mammogram.
UPMC Susquehanna offers screening and diagnostic mammograms in Williamsport, PA, and the surrounding areas.