Mammography: Early Detection for Lifesaving Protection

If a single screening could save your life, would you schedule it? When breast cancer is found in its earliest stages, the five-year survival rate is nearly 100 percent. While most women are aware of the breast cancer statistics, many still do not make the time or take the necessary steps to detect the disease early.

One of the best ways to detect breast cancer early is mammography, and we offer three convenient mammography locations to serve you. You can also take comfort knowing that Holland Hospital:

  • Is accredited by the American College of Radiology and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC);
  • Has experienced nurses and local board-certified radiologists who specialize in mammography; and
  • Features a Comprehensive Breast Services program.

Remember, most women who are at average risk should begin getting annual mammograms at age 40. And if you notice any changes in your breasts, such as a lump or nipple discharge, we urge you to make an appointment with your doctor right away, even if your most recent mammogram was normal.

What is a Mammogram?

A mammogram is an X-ray of the breasts used to screen for breast problems, such as lumps or small tumors that can be seen before they can be felt.

While mammograms do not prevent breast cancer or reduce a woman’s risk of developing it, they can detect cancer early, when it’s more treatable. About 5 to 10 percent of mammograms require additional testing, such as additional mammogram views, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and/or biopsy (tissue sampling).

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The Latest in Mammography

Along with traditional screening and diagnostic mammograms, Holland Hospital also offers access to the latest in mammography technology:

  • Digital Mammography: A mammogram is an X-ray of the breasts used to screen for breast problems, such as lumps or small tumors that can be seen before they can be felt. Digital mammography enables breast images to be stored, transmitted and viewed via computer, allowing for specific areas to be enlarged or highlighted. You can learn more about the potential advantages of digital mammography here.
  • Tomosynthesis/3D Mammography: Tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, is used in combination with digital mammography to detect breast cancers, even the most difficult cancers to locate. A computer produces a 3D image of the breast in one-millimeter sections, allowing the radiologist to view breast tissue in greater detail.

The Gold Standard in Mammography

Holland Hospital has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. This designation is only awarded to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

Holland Hospital Mammography Locations

For your convenience, we offer mammography screening at three locations:

To schedule your mammogram at any of these locations, simply call (616) 355-3865.

Making Mammography More Accessible

While every woman deserves access to high-quality care, not all women can afford it. That’s why Holland Hospital has partnered with local organizations to help those who are uninsured, under-insured or who lack the financial resources to receive the breast health screenings they need and deserve. We encourage women who may be delaying their mammogram due to financial concerns to speak with their primary care physician. If you do not have a primary care physician, please contact:

  • City on a Hill Health Clinic: (616) 748-6009;
  • Holland Community Health Center: (616) 394-3788; or
  • InterCare Community Health Network: (855) 869-6900.

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    8300 Westpark Way
    Zeeland, MI 49464
    (616) 355-3865

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