Early Detection Saves Lives - Schedule Your Mammogram Today

Grinnell Regional Medical Center Mammography Team Members, Seven Females Smiling, Mammography Exam Room
(Grinnell, IA – September 21, 2022) UnityPoint Health® - Grinnell joins the Breast Cancer Awareness Month initiative each October to increase awareness of breast cancer data and highlight the importance of early detection through regular self-exams and annual mammograms.

According to the American Cancer Society:
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the U.S.
  • About 9% of all new cases in the U.S. occur in those under age 45.
  • About 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in a lifetime.
  • About 85% of cases occur with no family history.
  • 1 in 833 men will develop breast cancer in a lifetime.
  • 1 in 5 Black women get the more aggressive, triple-negative breast cancer.
  • When diagnosed before spread, the 5-year survival rate is 99%.
Early detection through regular mammograms and breast self-checks saves lives, as cancers detected early tend to have better treatment outcomes. It’s important to discuss with a doctor when regular mammograms should begin for each individual, but many breast health experts recommend annual screenings at age 40 – or possibly earlier for higher-risk patients. Talk to your primary care provider or call (515) 241-6111 to schedule a mammogram in Grinnell.

Receiving a mammogram for the first time can be a little nerve-racking. Kathy McNulty, a Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) Radiology Technologist Specialist says, “In my experience, the two biggest reasons people avoid getting a mammogram are fear of breast compression and the fact that we are looking for abnormalities.” McNulty shares four tips to ease the minds of patients who are receiving a mammogram for the first time. Her tips include:

  1. Let the mammography technologist know that it is your first mammogram. Your technologist will walk you through start to finish and make sure you feel comfortable at all stages of the exam.
  2. Mammograms aren’t painful but can cause discomfort. Don’t let the fear of compression discomfort stop you from having a mammogram.
  3. Breasts come in all shapes and sizes. There’s no need to feel self-conscious during your appointment.
  4. Early detection is everything. Don’t let apprehension delay your screening.
GRMC is proud to be recognized as a certified Pink Ribbon Facility. Our digital 3-D mammography is the best screening tool for breast cancer available. Schedule your annual mammogram today by calling (515) 241-6111.

Photograph, left to right, GRMC Mammography Team Members:
Kathy McNulty, 30 years of service; Regina Eiben, 18 years of service; Gretchen Vandervort, 1.3 years of service; Terri Nath, 20 years of service; LeAnn Avery, 11 years of service; Amber Hall, 20 years of service; Jennifer Loftin, 8 years of service.