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September 28, 2018

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Have you had your annual mammogram?

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Have you had your annual mammogram?

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was established in 1985 to promote awareness of a disease that represents the most commonly diagnosed cancer of women (excluding basal cell skin cancer). One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime.

To counter this toll on women’s health, “research shows that annual mammograms can help detect breast cancers early, when they are most curable, and when it is possible to use breast-conserving therapies,” said Dr. Rand Stack, a diagnostic radiologist at Westmed. “Screening mammography is noninvasive imaging that uses a low-dose X-ray to visualize the breast tissue.” Radiologists examine the mammogram to detect and diagnose breast diseases. Mammography is important, because it is capable of detecting breast cancer at an earlier stage than by any other technique.

The guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommend yearly screening mammograms for all women age 40 and older. Westmed OB/GYNs and breast surgeons follow this recommendation.

“In addition to screening mammography, we have a truly amazing team at Westmed’s Comprehensive Breast Center that encompasses all of breast health care,” said Dr. Adora Fou, Westmed breast surgeon. “We are an NAPBC accredited breast center with radiologists, breast surgeons, oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons, pathologists and advanced practice providers who provide an unsurpassed environment of healing and support.” To become accredited by the NAPBC (National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers), a breast center must achieve the highest standards of care.

Westmed Has Online Mammography Scheduling

You can use our online scheduling tool to easily schedule a screening mammogram at a Westmed location near you. You’ll be in good hands for a mammography appointment with our caring and compassionate staff.

Screening mammos at Westmed are available at the following office locations: 1 Theall Road (Rye), 210 Westchester Avenue (White Plains), 73 Market Street (Yonkers-Ridge Hill), 3030 Westchester Avenue (Purchase) and 1084 N Broadway (Yonkers-Boyce Thompson), and 171 Huguenot Street (New Rochelle).

You can schedule an appointment online for a screening mammogram* if:

  • You bring your prescription the day of the screening (if the provider is not a Westmed physician)
  • You have no current breast symptoms (no pain, lumps, discharge, etc.)
  • You are not already being monitored for a suspicious finding on a previous mammogram.*

If you have any questions, please call Radiology at (914) 682-6430.

*We do not currently offer online appointment scheduling for diagnostic mammograms.