Mammography is specialized medical imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to see inside the breasts. A mammography examination can detect early breast disease in women who are experiencing symptoms such as lump, pain, nipple discharge or color changes on the breast

Mammograms are used as a screening tool to detect early breast cancer in women experiencing no symptoms.

Mammography plays a central part in early detection of breast cancers because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. It is recommended that women aged 40 and above should have annually screening of the breast. Research has shown that annual mammograms lead to early detection of breast cancers, when they are most curable and breast-conservation therapies are available.

Currently there is no sufficient knowledge on the causes of breast cancer, therefore, early detection of the disease remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control. When breast cancer is detected early, and if adequate diagnosis and treatment are available, there is a good chance that breast cancer can be cured. If detected late, curative treatment is often no longer an option. In such cases, palliative care to relieve the suffering of patients and their families is needed.

What Is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast. It is characterized by abnormal cells that grow and invade healthy cells in the body. Normally starts in the cells of the breast as a group of cancer cells that invade surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to other areas of the body.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide according to the World Health Organization, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of women each year and affecting countries at all levels of modernization

Facts about Breast Cancer in the United States
· One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

· Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.

· Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.

· Each year it is estimated that over 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.

· On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.

· Over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today

· Breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 440 will die each year.

At Sali International Hospital we have a mammography machine, the latest version using ICR system which is using computer to process the mammogram image hence result into a good quality image and makes diagnosis easy. Many women are scared of the procedure thinking that their breasts are going to be compressed too much. We have a qualified and well experienced mammographic technologist who will take care of you during the mammography procedure. With our machine, we assure you that there is no pain you will feel during this procedure. Visit Sali international Hospital, call us, or you can also email us with the address seen below to make your appointment.

Ruth Kaale.

MRT/Ultra sonographer