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The Mammography Center
20293 Timberlake Road
Lynchburg, VA 24502
(434) 947-7890
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Alternate Saturdays as needed 8 a.m. to 1 p.m

1900 Tate Springs Road, Suite 1
Lynchburg, Virginia 24501-1110
(434) 947-7764
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Early Detection Is Key To Survival

One out of every nine American women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. It's the second leading cause of cancer death in women. There is no known prevention of breast cancer, but if it's found early and treated, there's a good chance of complete cure. That's why it's so important for all women to commit to three breast cancer detection practices:

Monthly Breast Self Exam (BSE). You are in the best position to detect a lump or other changes in your breasts. It is best to perform BSE every month, 10-14 days after your period. If you're menopausal, choose a day you'll remember each month.

Annual Clinical Exam. A breast exam, pap test and pelvic exam should be part of your yearly visit to a health care provider.

Regular Mammograms. A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray of the breast that detects 90 percent of all breast cancers, usually well before a lump can be felt. It's widely recognized as the best diagnostic tool in detecting breast cancer. There are two general types of mammography: screening and diagnostic. Screening exams are for women with no symptoms of breast problems, and are performed at The Mammography Center.

Diagnostic Mammography is for women with symptoms of breast problems. It's also used to further investigate abnormal or suspicious screening mammograms. Diagnostic mammograms are performed at Virginia Baptist Hospital.

About The Mammography Centers

Centra Health's Mammography Centers offer women a program of low-cost screening mammography. The center serves women in the Lynchburg region who have no known breast problems.

Most women should begin screening mammographies when they reach their mid-30s. Those with a strong family history of breast cancer should start at age 30. Mammograms are recommended annually for all women after age 40.
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About Mammography

Mammography is a low-dose x-ray of the breast that has proven to be the safest and most effective way of finding breast cancer in its earliest, and most treatable, stages. Mammography can often detect a lump long before it can be felt through physical examination.

The equipment used in our facilities exposes you to about as little radiation as a dental x-ray.
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Preparing For Your Mammogram

Avoid scheduling your mammogram during the week prior to your menstrual period. This helps avoid any breast swelling and tenderness that may occur just before your period.

Plan to bring previous mammograms if they were performed elsewhere. If you can't bring films, please arrange to have the films sent to us.

Ten days before your exam, don't drink caffeine as it tends to make breasts more tender and lumpy. But you can drink decaffeinated coffee, tea and caffeine-free soft drinks. Avoid taking medications that contain caffeine, such as some over-the-counter pain relievers, diet aids, cough and cold medications or reviving aids. Check with your physician about prescription medications.

On The Day Of Your Exam

Wear a blouse or sweater (rather than a dress) to make it easier to undress. We'll give you a gown to wear.

Do not use any deodorant, powder, perfume, creams or lotions in your underarm or breast areas because they leave a residue that can be picked up on the x-ray and could interfere with the mammogram results.

The Mammography Examination
The entire process for a screening mammography examination takes about half an hour and is performed by a female radiologic technologist.

During the procedure, your breast will be placed on a ledge adjusted to your height. Your breast will be gently compressed so that all the tissue can be seen. Compression may be uncomfortable for some women, but it's essential to get an accurate x-ray. Compression is not harmful and will not damage breast tissue.

Two projections are taken of each breast: one from the top and another from the side. Each exposure takes just a few seconds.

After Your Mammogram

A radiologist studies the mammogram, and within a few days sends a report to your primary care physician. Women who have normal mammograms are also notified by mail.

Approximately 85 to 90 percent of exams fall in the normal category. Less than 1 percent of the exams are suspicious for cancer. This leaves approximately 10 to 15 percent of the exams, which are abnormal, but of very low suspicion of cancer.

If Your Mammogram Is Normal
We'll send a report to your doctor with the radiologist's interpretation of the mammogram as well as a recommendation for follow-up mammograms based on your age, past history and the findings on your mammogram.

If Your Mammogram Is Highly Suspicious For Cancer

We'll send a report to your doctor along with recommendation for possible biopsy or surgical consultation. Fortunately, this is uncommon.

If Your Mammogram Is "Abnormal" But Low Suspicion
For approximately 10 to 15 percent of women, further evaluation is necessary. This can include additional diagnostic mammograms under the direction of a radiologist. These allow us to more fully evaluate any questionable areas. We might use a breast ultrasound (a painless procedure) to find out if a mass seen on a mammogram is solid or liquid-filled (cystic). A cyst is rarely cancerous.

For many women, the time between being notified of an abnormal mammogram and subsequent diagnosis is stressful. Fortunately, less than one out of 20 of these abnormal mammograms ultimately turn out to require surgical biopsy. Of those that do need biopsy, only one out of 4 is cancerous.
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Be Aware of Your Risk for Breast Cancer

Two-thirds of all breast cancer patients are over age 50
Family history
Starting your period before age 12
Never having given birth, or delaying childbirth until after 30
Starting menopause after age 55

However, most women diagnosed with breast cancer have none of these risk factors, so it's critical that all women be dedicated to early detection practices.

Be Aware Of The Signs Of Breast Cancer
A lump or thickening in the breast
Puckering or dimpling of the breast
Discharge or bleeding from the nipple
Change in the shape or size of the breast
Enlargement of the lymph nodes and increased swelling of the underarm