Get Screened: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to reflect on the importance of annual mammography screenings and daily self breast exams to detect early signs of cancer. For every 1,000 women who have a screening mammogram:
• 100 are recalled to get more mammography or ultrasound images
• 20 are recommended for a needle biopsy
• 5 are diagnosed with breast cancer What exactly is a mammogram?
A mammogram is a specific type of breast exam used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women. This quick medical exam uses a noninvasive X-Ray targeted to each breast, producing pictures that your doctor can use to identify and treat any abnormal areas, possibly indicating the presence of cancer. Why are mammograms important?
Annual mammograms can detect cancer early—when it is most treatable. In fact, mammograms show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. Mammograms can also prevent the need for extensive treatment for advanced cancers and improve chances of breast conversation. Current guidelines from the American College of Radiology and the Society for Breast Imaging recommend that women receive annual mammograms starting at age 40 — even if they have no symptoms or family history of breast cancer.
At OakBend Medical Center, we encourage women to perform monthly breast self exams and to schedule annual physicals and mammograms. Please call us today to schedule your Screening Mammogram at 281-341-2836.
Mary Chambless, RT (R)
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