Research still supports mammography as the best tool for early detection. Screening every year for women age 40 and older continues to save lives. Know how your breasts normally look and feel, and report any changes to your doctor.
- How it’s done: Mammogram (breast X-ray)
- Where it’s done: Hospital imaging department or medical office
- How to schedule: Ask your primary care provider for a referral.
Breast Cancer Screening Shared Decision Making (PDF)
Salem Health Breast Center
Salem Health Cancer Institute has been accredited as a comprehensive community cancer program by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) since 1952. In 2010, Salem Health Cancer Institute became one of only three cancer centers in Oregon to receive the distinction of being a nationally accredited breast center.
The distinction, from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), is given only to centers that commit to providing the best in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.
These accrediting bodies visit us every three years to survey our performance on rigorous standards and goals.
Standards include proficiency in leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement. Receiving care at a CoC and NAPBC-accredited center such as Salem Health Cancer Institute ensures access to comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services.