Skip to main content
Get Care MyChart Find a Provider Find a Location

Gundersen Boscobel stresses the importance of mammograms during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Gundersen Boscobel stresses the importance of mammograms during Breast Cancer Awareness Month
 
 

More than 300,000 women in the U.S. will face a breast cancer diagnosis this year. That's 1 in 8 women. 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer, the most common cancer among women.

Mammography Technologist Ashley McBee is pictured next to Gundersen Boscobel's new 3D breast imaging system.

Mammography Technologist Ashley McBee is pictured next to Gundersen Boscobel's new 3D breast imaging system.

Breast cancer is most often caused by aging. The most common risk factors include a family history of breast cancer, lack of physical activity and excess weight or obesity after menopause. 

While October brings awareness, Gundersen encourages women to make early detection a priority by scheduling annual wellness visits and mammograms throughout the year. 

"One of the best methods of early detection is a mammogram," said Colleen McCurry, MD. "Regular mammograms are recommended for women 40 years of age and older. In addition to annual mammograms, there are proactive things you can do to help lower your risk for breast cancer, including regular exercise, adequate sleep, healthy eating and limited alcohol intake." 

Gundersen Boscobel brings the power of 3D mammography close to home. Standard 2D mammograms are also available. 

"The benefit of 3D mammography is that breast tissue can be evaluated layer by layer, so details are no longer hidden by overlapping tissue," Mammography Technologist Ashley McBee said. 

Most mammograms reveal no problems. However, if an abnormality or questionable finding is detected—which occurs in about one in 10 women—additional screening, such as a diagnostic mammogram, diagnostic ultrasound or ultrasound-guided biopsy is often the next step. 

"Early detection is essential to fighting the disease as effectively as possible," Dr. McCurry said. 

Women are encouraged to talk with their providers to learn whether they could benefit from a 3D mammogram. To schedule a mammogram, contact your Gundersen Boscobel primary care provider at (608) 375-4144 or visit us online to learn more. 

News

Gundersen Boscobel honors nurse with DAISY Award

May 17, 2024

Gio Aguilar, RN, a nurse in the Gundersen Boscobel Hospital’s Medical-Surgical department, was recently selected as the organization’s 2024 DAISY Award recipient.

Don’t wait to take care of that pesky bunion

May 17, 2024

Julie recalls years of walking, taking the stairs and keeping up with kids at school and at the Boscobel pool. However, as her bunion grew, so did her end-of-day foot

Emplify Health invests in local care, acquires Mondovi clinic

May 16, 2024

Emplify Health has acquired the clinic in Mondovi from HSHS/Prevea Health and expects to open for patient care in the coming months.

Gundersen Tri-County christens new hospital with ribbon-cutting ceremony

May 16, 2024

Gundersen Health System is celebrating another milestone in its pledge to provide care close to home with the dedication of the new Gundersen Tri-County Hospital in Whitehall.

1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-7300

Language Support:
Jump back to top