House Call: Importance of Mammography
Mammography remains the “gold standard” in the early detection of breast cancer.
Mammograms save lives, and they are the only breast cancer screening tests proven to show a 30 percent mortality reduction.
Women should begin going for yearly mammogram screenings at the age of 40, although, some individuals with a strong family history of breast cancer may need to start getting mammograms earlier.
It is important for women to become educated on breast cancer risk factors, and learn whether or not they are at high risk. Recently, we have been hearing a lot about breast density and the risk for breast cancer. Yet, patients with dense breasts are not considered at highest risk unless they also have other risk factors. Mammography, especially digital mammograms, is still important and useful for patients with higher breast densities.
Cone Health Women’s Hospital, MedCenter High Point, Annie Penn Hospital, The Breast Center of Greensboro Imaging, and Greensboro Imaging Kernersville are all locations within the Cone Health Network providing exceptional mammography services. The Breast Center of Greensboro Imaging is an Accredited Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.
Dr. Beth Brown is a radiologist with the Cone Health Network at The Breast Center of Greensboro Imaging, and a leading expert in breast and body imaging. Dr. Brown is a 1991 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and completed residency training as a an associate chief resident in the Department of Radiology at University of North Carolina Hospitals. Brown completed her fellowship training in Body Imaging at Wake Forest University Medical Center in 1999.