Squeezing in a mammogram can be challenging for busy women. Mercy has the perfect solution – walk-in mammograms.
Regular mammograms are important because there is no sure way to prevent breast cancer at this time but early detection continues to save lives. Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in U.S. women and the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.
If you need a routine screening mammogram, just walk into Mercy Women’s Center, located on the first floor of Mercy Medical Center, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Bone density testing also is available on a walk-in basis during these hours.
All you need is a doctor’s order to receive one or both of these screenings. If you have your order in hand and are coming straight from your physician’s office, ask the office to call pre-registration at 398-6515 and all your paperwork will be complete upon arrival. You will be seen within 15 minutes and then you are on your way!
Diagnostic mammograms (needed in the case of a lump other concerns) are not available on a walk-in basis as they are scheduled when a radiologist is on staff to ensure immediate review of results. To schedule a diagnostic mammogram, please call Centralized Scheduling at (319) 861-7778.
Recommendations according to the American Cancer Society:
- Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health
- Clinical breast exam about every three years for women in their 20s and 30s, and every year for women 40 and older
- Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel, and report any breast change promptly to their healthcare provider. Breast self-exam is an option for women starting in their 20s.