Women age 40 and older need regular mammograms for earlier detection of breast cancer, yet many put them off because they don’t take the time or have far to travel.

This is the first in a two-part series on mammography options available in Carthage. Next week’s focus will be on three-dimensional mammography.

Women age 40 and older need regular mammograms for earlier detection of breast cancer, yet many put them off because they don’t take the time or have far to travel.
Mercy Mobile Mammography can help. Staffed by highly qualified female professionals from Mercy Breast Center in Joplin, a recently upgraded, self-contained bus brings mammogram screenings to women in locations throughout Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas, including Carthage. It’s convenient, private and quick, taking only about 15 minutes to complete.
Mercy’s mobile mammography, which features digital technology, offers many of the advantages of an office exam:
The latest advances in digital mammography result in clear, detailed images for diagnosis.
A private, comfortable setting makes the experience as pleasant as possible.
Board-certified Mercy radiologists specialize in breast imaging.
Care is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology.
The test typically is covered by health insurance. Mercy will help file the claim.
Mercy’s mobile digital mammography can serve patients with breast implants. All of Mercy’s breast imaging facilities, including mobile mammography and Mercy Carthage, comply with the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992 and with national quality standards.
In screening for breast cancer, mammograms can be a useful tool to find cancer when it is early and potentially most curable. Mercy physicians recommend most women begin getting a yearly mammogram at age 40.
Screening may start earlier or include other test methods, such as three-dimensional mammography (tomosynthesis) available at Mercy Carthage, ultrasound or breast MRI in patients with dense breasts or a family history of breast cancer. Each woman should discuss screening with her physician to decide what method is best for her.
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. The good news is most will survive and return to active, healthy lives – due in large part to advances in treatment and earlier detection.
Mercy can help women through the breast cancer treatment process. Specialists will select tests that measure the extent of the cancer. Based on the results – along with other factors such as family history and overall health – recommended breast cancer treatment options might include:
    Surgery
    Chemotherapy
    Radiation therapy
    Hormone therapy
    A mix of the above treatments
Care is personalized to meet each woman’s needs.
Mercy understands that each cancer patient is different and unique, as is the treatment plan that Mercy's care team develops.
For more information or to find a location for mobile mammography, call 620-429-2545.