Why Are Mammograms Important?

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We highly suggest that breast screening be a part of every woman's preventative health care. The American Cancer Society recommends that beginning at the age of 40, all women should have an annual mammogram. If you do have a history of breast cancer in your family, it is best to consult with us to determine if you should start the screening earlier. Statistics from the cancer society also state that 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in their lifetime.

There are several good reasons to stay up on your mammograms:

  • This screening method is able to detect cancer in its early stage, sometimes up to 3 years before you may be able to feel a lump in a self breast exam. Early detection is critical with this disease. Finding the cancer before it has had the opportunity to spread to lymph nodes greatly increases the survival rate.
  • The risk of breast cancer increases with age. That is why it is suggested that women begin at 40 and complete a mammogram yearly after that.
  • Another benefit of regular screenings is that it gives the radiologists a basis for comparison. The doctor will look for small changes from previous images, and this can help to again make an early detection.
  • Mammograms can be uncomfortable for some women, however, the process usually takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish. The benefits that mammograms provide quickly outweighs any discomfort.

We ask that you not put off this potentially lifesaving procedure. Please feel free to talk with us about how a mammogram fits into your personal health plan.

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