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by Dagny Stuart | Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, 9:09 AM
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and those cancers are often detected through screening mammograms. A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray of the breast that enables an imaging specialist to look for changes in breast tissue that could indicate cancer.
The American Cancer Society, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), and the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) all agree that annual mammographic screening beginning at age 40 saves the most lives. Women with a family history of the disease or other risk factors should discuss additional screening options with their health care provider.
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) now provides screening mammography at four locations in Nashville and Williamson County.
“We have a team of experienced breast imaging specialists who interpret all of the mammograms from these four centers, so the patients receive the same high-quality level of care no matter which Vanderbilt location they choose,” said John Huff, M.D., chief of the Section of Breast Imaging, imaging director of the Vanderbilt Breast Center, and medical director of Breast Imaging Services.
Patients now have the option to schedule an appointment online for screening mammograms at multiple locations within the Vanderbilt system by visiting the Vanderbilt Breast Center (VCB) webpage www.vanderbilthealth.com/breastcenter.
The Vanderbilt Breast Center (VCB) has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology and has been honored with National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) certification from the American College of Surgeons.
The VCB is the only breast center in Middle Tennessee affiliated with a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. The center is also an NCCN affiliate, performing the latest research into breast cancer.
For additional information, call the VCB at 615-322-2064.
Dagny Stuart, (615) 936-7245
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