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May 06, 2014 bchc-news

Mammography Services at BCHC Earn Re-accreditation

The Buchanan County Health Center Radiology Department’ Mammography services recently earned re-accreditation after a recent survey by the Iowa Department of Public Health. The peer-review accreditation process indicates that BCHC mammography services are up to par with official guidelines for mammography services, and demonstrate BCHC’s commitment to quality patient care.

A mammogram is a digital x-ray exam of the breast that’s used to detect and evaluate breast changes.

“We believe providing digital mammogram services locally make it easier for women to schedule this life-saving test,” said Julie Till, Radiology Manager. “We do approximately 800 mammography studies each year.”

All mammograms are read by board certified radiologists from Radiology Consultants of Iowa (RCI) in Cedar Rapids, one of the top 25 imaging facilities in the nation.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her life.  The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s survival. If detected early, the 5-year survival rate is 97%.

The American Cancer Society recommends women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.

Mammograms are the key to early detection and full recovery. For more information about mammography services call 319-332-0870 or visit the radiology page.

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