NOTE: Please see your healthcare provider prior to scheduling a screening mammogram if you have a palpable lump or any other changes in your breasts.
Having regular mammograms is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your breast-cancer-related risks. At Island Health, we’re working to make it easier than ever to protect your health!
- Can’t come in during the week because you work? No problem. We’ve got evening and Saturday appointments.
- Forgot to call to schedule during the day? No problem. Screening mammogram appointments can be scheduled via the myIslandHealth Patient Portal anytime, day or night.
- Don’t have the time? No problem. Screening mammograms take just 15 minutes.
- Worried about the cost? No problem. Screening mammograms are covered by most insurance plans.
- Forgot the number? No problem. Here it is: 360.299.1315. Call now, or use the myIslandHealth Patient Portal!
Highest resolution in mammography: Now at Island Health
With Foundation support, Island Health has upgraded their mammography technology, Hologic® Clarity HD+, to offer the latest technology and highest resolution. These new technologies are able to:
- Reveal more details through sharper, smoother images
- Reveal greater details in the breast such as calcifications and lesions, while reducing radiation dose and time spent under compression for patients
- Expedite read times by the radiology team
These advances in technology will benefit the patient and the provider, accelerating detection of breast cancers and improving the precision of screening mammograms. Not only are we proud to offer the latest technology to our community, but we’ve worked hard to make doing the right thing for your health, the easy thing. Island Health offers convenient evening and weekend screening mammography appointments, easily scheduled through the myIslandHealth patient portal.
Early diagnosis is key
Early detection is crucial with breast cancer, and can often result in better prognosis and treatment plan options. If you’re 40 or older, it’s time to think about getting your mammogram. Women who are 40 and older should discuss with their healthcare provider when to begin breast cancer screening.* Women with a family history of breast cancer should talk with their doctor about what’s best for them.
When Diane Hennebert turned 41 during the COVID-19 pandemic, she didn’t celebrate it as in previous years, due to social distancing. Since it had been such a unique year, she also figured she could probably wait to get her mammogram screening the following year, especially since her first mammogram at age 40 came back clear. However, witnessing the impact of breast cancer in someone close to her was one of the main factors that eventually encouraged Diane to go ahead and schedule her screening in December of 2020.
Don’t wait – call today
Schedule your screening mammogram today. Call 360.299.1315.
Convenient evening, Saturday and same-day appointments are often available.
The American College of Radiology recommends annual screening mammograms beginning at age 40 for women of average risk of breast cancer, and high-risk women are advised to have an assessment by age 25 to determine if screening earlier than age 40 is recommended. Every health situation is unique, so please talk with your doctor about what is right for you.
* Screening for Breast Cancer: US Preventative Services Task Force recommendation statement.
Published on September 13, 2023