Beebe Medical Center to Offer Digital Mammography in Four Locations
To improve the early detection and treatment of breast cancer, Beebe Medical Center has purchased digital mammography equipment and is in the process of installing it at four convenient locations in eastern Sussex County.
The services will be located at Beebe Medical Center's main location on Savannah Road in Lewes, at Beebe Health Campus on John J. Williams Highway (Route 24) in Rehoboth Beach, at Beebe Imaging at Georgetown Professional Park on Office Circle just off Route 113 in Georgetown, and at the Beebe Imaging center in Creekside Plaza, on Route 26 in Millville.
Digital mammography is similar to traditional film mammography in many ways, though it has advantages. Since there is no waiting for film to be developed, images are immediately available for review by the technologist. Images rarely need to be repeated for quality issues. For patients this means that they spend less time in the exam room. For radiologists, it means an image that can be easily viewed and analyzed, as well as shared with other physicians and diagnosticians electronically. The images can be stored in the computer and are readily available when needed.
Beebe Medical Center urges women to follow the American Cancer Society screening guidelines for breast cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, death rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1990, and these decreases are believed to be the result, in part, of earlier detection and improved treatment.
The American Cancer Society recommends these screening guidelines for breast cancer:
" Yearly mammograms starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as women are in good health
" Breast self-exam is an important option for women starting in their 20s as they should know how their breasts normally feel so that they can report any changes to their health care providers
" Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of a periodic (regular) health exam by a health professional, preferably every 3 years. After age 40, women should have a breast exam by a health professional every year.
Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community medical center with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us online at www.beebemed.org