October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

New mammography technology available at Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center

According the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point. The good news is that many can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram–the screening test for breast cancer–can help find breast cancer early, increasing the odds of survival.

To enhance early detection for area residents, Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center recently upgraded its mammography technology to the Senographe® Essential full-field digital mammography system. This is the same advanced equipment that is used at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia and at Ridgeview’s Imaging Center at Two Twelve Medical Center in Chaska.

“There are several patient benefits with this digital system, including quicker exam times, 20 percent less radiation and superb quality images. This advanced technology enhances the radiologists’ ability to detect abnormalities and generate images that available immediately for viewing,” said Cindy Steenstra, director of Imaging Services at Ridgeview.

Purchase of the new mammography system was made possible through the generous support of the Ridgeview Sibley Medical Foundation, which raised $12,000 at its spring fundraiser event to help fund the purchase.

To schedule a mammogram at Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center, call 507-964-2271.