Screening mammograms are so important because 1 out of every 8 women is likely to develop breast cancer in her lifetime. These tests can often detect early breast cancer before signs and symptoms appear.

An annual mammogram is recommended by the American Cancer Society for all women over 40. You may be at higher risk if:

  • You are age 50 or older.
  • Your mother or sister(s) have had breast cancer.
  • You have already had cancer in one breast.
  • You have had a prior breast biopsy.

Mammography is useful because it can show breast tumors too small to be felt. However, about 10% of tumors are not visible on mammograms and can only be found by physical examination. That’s why an exam by a primary care provider is important before the mammogram.

Regular self breast examinations are encouraged between screening mammograms. Please discuss your risk factors with your doctor, especially if you have a previous history of breast cancer or a family history of the disease. If you see any change such as a lump, discharge, dimpling or anything unusual, contact your provider.

Sometimes after your initial mammogram, you'll get a call or letter asking you to return for additional special views or an ultrasound study. This should not be cause for concern because women are called back fairly often. It simply indicates an area on the film needs to be looked at more closely.

Mammogram results are filed by Gundersen for 10 years. The films may be compared with future mammograms to determine whether any significant changes can be seen.

Digital Breast Tomosynthesis

The Norma J. Vinger Center for Breast Care now offers digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), which provides a more accurate view to standard digital mammography. Think of breast tomosynthesis as a three-dimensional mammogram with multiple images taken of the entire breast rather than just one. It allows our specialized breast radiologists to see layers of tissue that may normally be hidden and look at areas of concern from multiple angles.

Studies have shown that DBT:

  • Detects some cancers more readily, resulting in earlier diagnosis which, in turn, may result in less aggressive treatment and better outcomes
  • Decreases the number of patients called back for additional testing (false positives), resulting in less anxiety and decreased costs

Anyone who is due for a standard mammogram can elect to have a DBT. Currently, DBT is offered in La Crosse only at the Norma J. Vinger Center for Breast Care.

Medicare and Gundersen Health Plan cover payment for DBT. If you have private insurance by a different company, be sure to ask if DBT is a covered benefit before scheduling an appointment. If DBT is not covered but you would like to have it, the out-of-pocket fee is $75.

Call the Center for Breast Care to schedule a DBT. If you have questions, talk to your primary care provider.

Mammography is a department of Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.

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Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center - La Crosse Clinic
Call (608) 775-6680 or (608) 775-6680 or
  (800) 362-9567, ext. 56680 (800) 362-9567, ext. 56680
  1900 South Avenue
  La Crosse, WI 54601
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  (800) 362-9567, ext. 58151 (800) 362-9567, ext. 58151
  3111 Gundersen Dr.
  Onalaska, WI 54650
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Gundersen Prairie du Chien Clinic
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  610 East Taylor St.
  Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
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  315 West Oak St.
  Sparta, WI 54656
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Gundersen Tomah Clinic
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  1330 North Superior Ave.
  Tomah, WI 54660
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Gundersen Viroqua Clinic
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  407 South Main St.
  Viroqua, WI 54665
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Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics Whitehall
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  18606 Ervin St.
  Whitehall, WI 54773
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Gundersen Decorah Clinic
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  1830 State Hwy. 9
  Decorah, IA 52101
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Palmer Lutheran Health Center
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  110 Jefferson St.
  West Union, IA 52175
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Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics Blair
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  420 South Peterson Ave.
  Blair, WI 54616
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Gundersen Calmar Clinic
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  106 E Main St.
  Calmar, Iowa 52132
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Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital and Clinics Elroy
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  1705 Omaha St.
  Elroy, WI 53929
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Gundersen Fayette Clinic
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  110 King St.
  Fayette, IA 52142
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Gundersen Galesville Clinic
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  16812 South Main St.
  Galesville, WI 54630
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Gundersen Harmony Clinic
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  805 Main Avenue South
  Harmony, MN 55939
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Gundersen Houston Clinic
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  511 East Maple St.
  Houston, MN 55943
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Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital and Clinics Hillsboro
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  400 Water Ave.
  Hillsboro, WI 54634
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Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics Independence
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  35791 Osseo Road
  Independence, WI 54747
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Gundersen La Crescent Clinic
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  226 North 2nd St.
  La Crescent, MN 55947
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Gundersen Lansing Clinic
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  50 North Fourth St.
  Lansing, IA 52151
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  111 South Reynolds St.
  Postville, IA 52162
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  123 Fifth Avenue SE
  Spring Grove, MN 55974
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Gundersen Waukon Clinic
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  120 2nd Ave. SE
  Waukon, IA 52172
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Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital and Clinics Wonewoc
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  301 Railroad St.
  Wonewoc, WI 53968
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