Women over 40 without breast complaints should undergo an annual x-ray examination of the breast, also known as a screening mammogram. Used as a preventive tool, the goal of screening mammography is to find cancer too small to be felt by you or your doctor.
The American Cancer Society guidelines for the detection of breast cancer in women without symptoms are:
- Women 40 and older should have a mammogram every year.
- Women 40 and older should have a physical breast examination every year, performed by a health care professional such as a physician, physician assistant, nurse or nurse practitioner. This exam should take place near – and preferably before – the annual mammogram.
- Women ages 20-39 should have a physical breast examination every three years performed by a health care professional.
- Women 20 and older should perform breast self-examinations every month.
Mercy's Certified Mammography Sites
Mercy Breast Care Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.
Each of the six Mercy mammography sites offers private rooms and a female staff of certified technologists. Our state-of-the-art mammography equipment delivers low-dose x-ray radiation, and all facilites have been accredited by the American College of Radiology. Our clinical staff is comprised of board certified radiologists who specialize in mammography. Mercy has also achieved the highest ratings under the MQSA (Mammography Quality Standards Act).
Select locations provide early morning and Saturday appointments. All mammograms should be scheduled after receiving your doctor’s referral.
What to Expect During Your Mammogram
During a screening mammogram, you are required to undress above the waist and put on the provided wrap. A technologist then positions your breasts for the mammogram. The procedure takes approximately 20 minutes and includes a few seconds of breast compression. You will receive your mammogram results within 30 days.
If anything requires further evaluation, you will be contacted within five working days.
Screening Mammography Locations
- MERCY MEDICAL CENTER
1320 Mercy Drive NW, Canton, OH 44708
- MERCY HEALTH CENTER OF JACKSON
7337 Caritas Circle NW, Massillon, OH 44646
- MERCY HEALTH CENTER OF NORTH CANTON
6200 Whipple Avenue NW, North Canton, OH 44720
- MERCY HEALTH CENTER OF LOUISVILLE
1302 West Main Street, Louisville, OH 44641
- MERCY HEALTH CENTER OF CARROLL COUNTY
125 Canton Road, Carrollton, OH 44615
- MERCY LABORATORY SERVICES AT THE DOMINGO MEDICAL COMPLEX
3120 Parkway Street NW, Suite B, Canton, OH
An Abnormal Mammogram
Sometimes a screening mammogram may reveal a breast abnormality that requires additional assessment using an appropriate diagnostic procedure. At Mercy Breast Care Center, our nurse coordinator will provide you with support and information, answer any questions you or your family may have, and act as a liaison between you, referring physicians, and – if necessary – surgeons and medical oncologists. The nurse coordinator also stays with you during all procedures at Mercy Breast Care Center and maintains contact with you throughout any subsequent treatment.
To contact the nurse coordinator, call 330-580-4727.
Diagnostic Mammography Procedures
Current medical technology now makes it possible to diagnose breast cancer without surgery. In addition to screening mammography, Mercy Breast Care Center offers a full range of mammography and other minimally invasive biopsy procedures, including:
Diagnostic Mammogram – More detailed than a screening mammogram, a diagnostic mammogram is an x-ray of the breast used when a woman has a breast complaint (breast mass, nipple discharge, etc.) or an abnormality is found during a screening mammogram.
Breast Ultrasound – Used to help identify breast cysts and other abnormalities, an ultrasound may be utilized alone or in conjunction with mammography. The ultrasound is a particularly useful test for women under 30 or women with dense breast tissue.
Breast Biopsy – Being told you need a breast biopsy can be a frightening experience. However, the majority of breast biopsies do not reveal cancer. Using equipment specifically designed for breasts, the biopsy takes about an hour to perform, costs less than surgical biopsy, requires only a local anesthetic and does not leave scars.
Breast MRI and Breast MRI Needle Localization – Mercy was the first Stark County hospital to offer breast MRI and breast MRI needle localization. The breast MRI, which employs magnetization and radio waves instead of x-rays to produce detailed images, may be used in addition to other diagnostic procedures.
Mercy Breast Care Center also provides ductograms, stereotactic breast biopsies, needle localizations and breast ultrasound-guided biopsy.