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A quick Q&A about Mammograms with Jamie Gemar, Think Diagnostic Business Unit Leader
Q: Have there been any major improvements of mammogram testing in recent years?
A: Mammograms have come a long way in recent years, and now we have digital 3D capabilities, which improve diagnostic quality.
Q: When are mammograms most effective?
A: One of the keys for mammography to be effective is early detection. We like to have the opportunity to catch potential breast cancers when it’s small before it’s gotten so big that it’s harder to treat.
Knowing what your risk factors are is important, too. Most women start their mammogram testing at age 40 and have the test yearly, but all of this depends on family history and the like. It’s a good conversation to have with your physician – about what’s appropriate for you.
Q: Do patients need mammograms if they have no family history of breast cancer?
A: Just because you don’t have a strong family history doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be screened, especially around age 40, or whatever age your physician feels is right for you. All it takes is one person to begin a family history. Unfortunately, it could be you – it’s better to have peace of mind that you’ve taken time out of your busy life to take care of yourself because you’re important and we care about your health.
Q: What’s the one thing Think Whole Person Healthcare patients love the most about the primary healthcare clinic?
A: Having so many healthcare services all in one place is probably the biggest benefit to our patients. They can come get their mammogram before their doctor’s appointment and then their doctor usually gets those results within 24 hours, so having it all in one place is makes it much easier for our patients to manage.