Breast Imaging Technologist Kellie Bedenbaugh checks the images taken using 3D mammography, also known as tomosynthesis, at Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center.
In recognition of October as national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Breast Health Center at Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center is offering Saturday mammograms on October weekends.
Beginning Oct. 6 and each Saturday in the month of October, women can schedule a routine mammogram at the Breast Health Center between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. by calling 706-721-XRAY (9729).
Last year, GHS became the first health system in Georgia – and one of only a few in the nation – to screen patients for breast cancer using tomosynthesis, a 3D digital mammogram that improves cancer detection and reduces false-positive results. Also, in 2011, the American College of Radiology named the GHS Breast Health Center a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.
Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics show that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 97 percent. The American Cancer Society recommends an annual mammogram paired with a clinical breast exam for women 40 and older.
The Breast Health Center is located on the first floor of the GHS Medical Center, 1120 15th St. For more information, visit georgiahealth.org/breasthealth.