Leavitt Women's Healthcare -  - OB/GYN

Leavitt Women's Healthcare

OB/GYNs located in Idaho Falls, ID

Breast Cancer Screening Specialist

The health care providers at Leavitt Women’s Healthcare, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, provide breast cancer screening services to women from throughout southeastern Idaho.

Breast Cancer Screening Q & A

Leavitt Women's Healthcare

What is a Mammogram?

A mammogram is a diagnostic imaging test used to view the interior tissue of the breasts for signs of cancer. While women are advised to check their own breasts for lumps regularly, mammograms reveal abnormal cells even when lumps cannot be felt. Women are recommended to have annual mammogram screenings from the age of 45, unless a personal or family history of breast cancer necessitates an early start. In addition to revealing cancer before lumps can be felt, mammograms are also used to diagnose the size and spread of abnormal cells when a lump is discovered during a manual exam.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer?

The most common signal of breast cancer is a lump of hard tissue in the breast. In addition to lumps, other breast cancer symptoms include breast pain, nipple discharge, a thickening of the skin, or a change in the size or shape of the breast. While women are advised to manually check their own breasts each month, usually at the end of her period, it is important to note that like most cancers and medical conditions, breast cancer does not present symptoms in its early stages, so having routine mammograms is essential to protecting a woman’s health.

Why are Breast Cancer Screenings Important?

Mammograms are the most effective tests for breast cancer available today. Since breast cancer, like most other cancers and medical conditions, doesn’t cause obvious symptoms in its early and more treatable stages, mammograms are necessary to detect cancerous developments as early as possible. Breast cancer can be more easily treated in the early stages of the disease, so it is imperative to have regular screenings to protect your health, especially if you have a family history of the disease. In addition to having regular mammograms, women should perform monthly manual breast exams at home. Your gynecologist will also manually examine your breasts at your annual well-woman visit.

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    "All were amazing and really helped me feel comfortable, especially in high stress situations. All of their staff is so kind and welcoming to everyone as well."

    McKenzie W.
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    "I figured it was one to leave a male point of view for this guy. Dr Leavitt has delivered all 3 of my children. Perhaps the most personable doctor I have ever met."

    Aaron B.
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    "He has a wonderful bedside manner, spends all the time you need answering any questions and/or concerns, and most importantly you're never rushed..."

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    "I really felt like they all cared about me and my health and overall wellbeing. Scott even called over a weekend to give me my test results!"

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    "Talk about friendly staff and Doctor!! He always has the time. His bedside manner is the best! Pregnant or not, you are #1 priority. I will never go elsewhere."

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    "As a first time mom, I could not be more satisfied with my experience at Leavitt Women's Center with Dr Adams as my OB! All around great people!"

    Rachael H.
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    "I went to Dr Adam's for my 2nd pregnancy and I have never felt so comfortable with a doctor's office like I did this one."

    Jenna H.
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    "I had an incident a few days after I gave birth at 2:00 in the morning; where other offices wouldn't be available Dr. Leavitt answered the phone after just two rings."

    Kelly K.
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    "With every birth Dr. Leavitt always made sure I had wonderful experience and included my husband in every delivery. I'm so thankful I had him as my doctor."

    Jamie C.
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    "I have had one appointment with Dr Adams and he was very nice and took time to get to know me."

    Angie M.
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    "They are very professional & Dr. Leavitt always took the time to talk to me! I never felt rushed during an appointment."

    Kristina B.
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    "I couldn't have chosen a better doctor to care for me and my baby! Dr. Leavitt went above and beyond for us and was willing to answer every question!"

    Danielle L.
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    "Dr. Adams has been absolutely amazing! The pregnancy has been a little rough and he was always more than willing to answer any questions and address any concerns I had."

    Alicia D.