Welcome to Check Up 13, in partnering with St. Vincent
WTHR, Channel 13, and Anne Marie Tiernon, co-anchor and health reporter, have partnered with St. Vincent, a member of Ascension, the nation's largest Catholic and not-for-profit health system, on an initiative called Check Up 13. The goal of the program is to educate and encourage Indiana residents to take a proactive role in their own health. Check Up 13 includes news stories that will air on the 13th of every month during the Health Beat segment. The program will highlight St. Vincent medical staff and focus on the health topic screening, event or promotion for that month.
For a lot of women, working up the nerve to go in for a mammogram is tough. But it’s an effort that’s certainly worth the anxiety, especially if you are 40 or older or if you have a family history of breast cancer.
After a mammogram, many women receive notice that the radiologist wants to get another look at an area of breast tissue. That news can sound ominous, but it is not an indication that something’s wrong and it certainly does not mean that you have cancer.
Dense breast tissue often is at the root of the request. When breast tissue is dense (and the younger you are, the denser your tissue), radiologists have a harder time getting a good view inside it.
The most common reasons that you might get called back after a mammogram include:
There is a 10 percent call back rate on all women getting their mammograms, especially if it is their first time getting a mammogram and there are no prior screenings to compare it to. For every 100 women screened, 10 will get called back. Of those 10 women called back, 2 women will get a biopsy, and of those 2 women, up to 75 percent of their tumors are benign.
If you need a biopsy, you usually can have it performed at the breast center or in a physician’s office. It is an outpatient procedure that uses only local anesthesia. And you will not have to wait long for answers. Most biopsy results are returned within three days.
Prevention is key to fighting breast cancer. Remember: Most mammograms show no problems. Do not let fear keep you away from this simple, life-saving screen!
NOTE: There is a limit of 350 subscriptions for women who register for a mammogram. The mammograms are not free, but each woman will receive a free Indianapolis Monthly subscription after they receive their mammogram.