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A mammogram is key for identifying breast cancer

Many people have delayed seeing a provider for checkups and screenings, but skipping a yearly mammogram can have devastating consequences when it comes to breast cancer. The National Cancer Institute estimates an additional 10,000 people will die in coming years from breast cancer due to delayed screenings.

"A screening mammogram can reduce the risk of breast cancer death by as much as 30% for women in their 40s to 50s," said ACMC Oncologist Shinoj Pattali, MD. "Today's technology lets us see the formation of breast cancer as it begins to grow—long before you would ever feel a lump or notice other symptoms."

That's why delaying tests can be so critical. Cancerous cells can continue to grow undetected by touch or until symptoms like a rash, pain in the breast, nipple changes or other skin changes occur.

For this reason, mammograms are truly the gold standard for diagnosing cancerous breast tissue. Women should begin screening mammograms when they turn 40. However, women with a family history of breast cancer may need to start at a younger age. In addition, women who have a family history of multiple first-degree or second-degree relatives with breast cancer, tubal cancer, ovarian cancer or peritoneal cancer may be at a higher risk and may benefit from risk evaluation with your primary care provider. If you haven't seen a primary provider or had a mammogram recently, you can schedule an appointment with any ACMC primary care provider in Ashtabula, Conneaut, Geneva, Jefferson or Orwell by calling 440.997.6969.

ACMC Family Health Centers offer diagnostic imaging services

ACMC proudly offers the most comprehensive diagnostic services in Ashtabula County. The department provides imaging service 24 hours a day, performed by registered technologists licensed by the state of Ohio, under the direction of board-certified radiologists from Cleveland Clinic.

Inpatients, outpatients and emergency patients receive the same world-class interpretation available at Cleveland Clinic's main campus. Cleveland Clinic radiologists working at ACMC have access to advanced computer and teleradiology technology.

Diagnostic imaging also provides a full spectrum of women's diagnostic services such as 2D and 3D screening mammography, diagnostic mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, bone density, breast ultrasound, OB-GYN ultrasound, and high-risk obstetrics ultrasound.

Imaging services are available at the following locations.

Get the complete picture

To schedule an appointment after receiving a physician's order, please call 440.997.6686. See hours for each location at acmchealth.org/imaging.

Categories: Screenings and imaging

Don't delay your screening

To schedule a mammogram at Ashtabula County Medical Center, call 440.997.6686. A provider order is required to schedule a mammogram.

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