UnityPoint Health - Des Moines


A mammogram is a simple x-ray of the breast. According to the American Cancer Society's guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer, women over the age of 40 should have a mammogram screening every year.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States. It is the second leading cause of cancer death for all women (after lung cancer), and the leading overall cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55. However, when breast cancers are discovered at an early stage, the five-year survival rate after treatment is 96 percent. Mammograms are the best form of early detection.

Become a First Friend for Life

When it comes to fighting breast cancer, catching it early saves lives. John Stoddard Cancer Center at Iowa Methodist Medical Center along with WHO-TV 13 invite you to become a "1st Friend for Life."  On the 1st of every month WHO-TV 13 and the John Stoddard Cancer Center encourage you to perform your self breast exam and call your friend for life to remind her to do the same sometime during the month.