Early detection can make the difference when it comes to protecting your breast health. In addition to monthly self breast exams and annual check-ups, diagnostic and screening mammograms can identify treatable or removable tumors before they would be found during a self-exam. Digital mammography services are provided at Holy Family Hospital's Breast Care Center in Methuen and in Haverhill. Appointments are available seven days a week, including evenings.
*Holy Family Hospital and Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley each possess a valid Commonwealth of Massachusetts Mammography License and Certificates of Inspection from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and are accredited by the American College of Radiology.
Only half of women are getting their routine annual screening despite current evidence that confirms that mammograms offer a substantial benefit to women in their 40s, and that they play an important role in reducing breast cancer mortality. Read more in this recent article.
Screening Mammograms Don't Require a Referral
“It’s important to eliminate any barriers that prohibit women from getting screening mammograms so we can detect breast cancer at its earliest stages when it is most treatable,” said Fernando Romero, MD, FACOG, a board certified OB/GYN affiliated with Holy Family Hospital in Methuen. “Women 40 and older should know that they don’t need a referral to schedule a routine annual mammogram. They can call and schedule it themselves.”
Breast Self-Exams Can Help You Detect Changes
Understand the frequency, technique and warning signs to watch for when performing a breast self-exam.