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Fenway Health’s Radiology Program at 1340 Boylston Street offers mammograms, bone density scans and x-rays in a comfortable, state-of-the-art environment.
Mammograms are the best method to detect breast cancer early when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms. Breast cancer is 100 times more common in women than men. All women are at risk: across a lifetime, 1 in 8 women will develop the disease. Usually, a woman has her first mammogram at age forty. This may be performed at an earlier age if there are any signs or symptoms, or in women with a family history of breast cancer. Talk to your doctor about when and how often you should have a screening mammogram.
There is not yet enough research to accurately determine the risk of breast cancer in transgender people. Until more is known, we suggest screening based on physical structure and what is known about the risks of taking estrogen (people with breasts and people taking estrogen for at least 5 years should follow the screening recommendations for women).
A bone density test determines if you have osteoporosis — a disease that causes bones to become more fragile and more likely to break. Osteoporosis happens when the bones lose calcium and other minerals that keep them strong. Osteoporosis begins after menopause in many women, and worsens after age 65, often resulting in serious fractures. These fractures may not only bring disability, but may affect longevity. As many as one-fourth of women who fracture their hip after age 50 die within one year.
Medical x-rays can help diagnose a variety of conditions including broken bones, tumors and foreign objects. Medical x-rays have increased the ability to detect disease or injury early enough for a medical problem to be managed, treated, or cured. When applied and performed appropriately, these procedures can improve health and may even save a person’s life.
1340 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215