Make Time for Your Mammogram

We all feel that there just aren’t enough hours in the day for our busy schedules. But the last thing that should be neglected is your breast health. One out of every eight women will develop breast cancer* in their life, and mammograms are the most effective form of early detection. Protect yourself with regular mammograms.

The American Cancer Society recommends starting annual mammograms at age 40 and continuing as long as a woman is in good health. A woman should become familiar with how her breasts normally look and feel so she can contact her doctor if there are any changes. A small percentage (less than 2 percent) of women should also be screened with an MRI, due to their family history, a genetic tendency, or other factors.

There are two types of mammograms:

  • Screening mammogram. A screening mammogram is an X-ray of the breast used to detect breast changes in women who have no signs or symptoms of breast cancer. It usually involves 2 X-rays of each breast. Using a mammogram, it is possible to detect a tumor that cannot be felt.
  • Diagnostic mammogram. A diagnostic mammogram is an X-ray of the breast used to diagnose unusual breast changes, such as a lump, pain, nipple thickening or discharge, or a change in breast size or shape.

Brookwood Baptist Health offers mammography at seven different locations including:

Diagnostic Center - Hoover
5295 Preserve Parkway
Suite 110
Hoover, AL 35244

Walker Baptist Medical Center
3400 Hwy 78 E
POB, Suite 218
Jasper, AL 35001

Shelby Baptist Medical Center
1004 First Street North
Alabaster, AL 35007
3D Mammography Available

Princeton Baptist Medical Center
833 Princeton Avenue SW
POB III, 1st Floor
Birmingham, AL 35211

Brookwood Baptist Medical Center
2006 Brookwood Medical Center Drive
Women's Medical Plaza, 1st Floor
Homewood, AL 35009
3D Mammography Available

Citizens Baptist Medical Center
604 Stone Avenue
Talladega, AL 35160

 Diagnostic Center- HWY 119
7131 Cahaba Valley Road
Hoover, AL 35242
3D Mammography Available
*According to the National Cancer Institute.