A mammogram is an X-ray that can detect breast cancer even if you have no symptoms or signs of a lump. This is without a doubt the way to go for early detection. In fact, mammography will detect most breast cancers long before a clinical examination, ultrasound or any other means. Make it a part of your routine and have an annual mammogram on top of your monthly self-examination at home, especially if you are older than 40 or fall in the high-risk category.
A newer type of mammogram is known as breast tomosynthesis or 3D mammography. For this, the breast is compressed once and a machine takes many low-dose x-rays as it moves over the breast. A computer then puts the images together into a 3-dimensional picture. This uses slightly more radiation than most standard 2-view mammograms, but it may allow doctors to see the breast tissues more clearly. Some studies have suggested it might lower the chance of being called back for follow-up testing. It may also be able to find more cancers.
Breast Cancer is the Number 1 cancer affecting women worldwide, and the second most common cancer among women in South Africa. Most women affected are over 40 years of age, but it is becoming more and more common among younger women too. Your age, race or income bracket isn't a factor, in fact neither is gender as men make up 1% of breast cancer cases.
Fact! Every 1 in 30 women in South Africa get breast cancer. We cannot stress enough that EARLY DETECTION can save lives!
Lake, Smit and Partners donates 10% of all mammography examination fees in October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) to Reach for Recovery, a support group for women with breast cancer.
We understand that going for a mammogram can be a bit daunting, so we’ve put together a few pointers to make sure you know exactly what to expect before, during and after your appointment:
Sometimes an ultrasound is needed to visualise any abnormalities in the breast tissue. If this is the case, it will be arranged at the time of the Mammogram. If there is any reason for concern, our Radiologist and Mammographers will discuss this with you and any further investigations that are necessary will be explained to you and then booked.
Lake, Smit & Partners will email a report to your referring doctor within 24 hours.
REMEMBER! Early detection is the best detection, every time! Breast cancer can be successfully treated when it’s detected early.
To book your mammogram please contact the following Lake, Smit & Partners Venue:
A & T Medical Centre 2nd Floor
22 Hopelands Road Overport
Tel: 087 310 4990