The Importance of Mammograms

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a good moment to learn about self examinations, and also the opportunity to schedule an annual mammogram. If you are between 40-74 (or younger if you have a family history), an annual mammogram could be a lifesaver through early detection and prevention of breast cancer. Read about the benefits of regular mammograms.

Early Detection
Early detection of breast cancer is a life-saver for many women. Younger women tend to develop more aggressive breast cancer than older women, making early detection that much more important. The earlier your medical provider can detect breast cancer, the more treatment options you’ll have. For every 1,000 women who receive a mammogram, five will be diagnosed with breast cancer. That’s five more women who can receive life-saving treatment before their cancer becomes too aggressive. 

Safe and Minimally-Invasive
The procedure itself takes about 20 minutes and is very safe. The minimal amount of radiation used isn’t enough to be harmful to patients. While some women do experience discomfort during the procedure, the pain is short-lived. To lower discomfort during your mammogram, try to schedule your appointment the week after your period. Avoiding times when your breasts are tender will help improve the experience.

Fast and Efficient
You can expect results after your appointment usually within two weeks of testing. For any follow-up testing, some patients receive same-day results. This helps relieve any anxiety around the whole process. Taking just a little time out of your day allows for peace of mind that lasts all year long.

Improved Prognosis
Since 1990, mammograms have helped reduce the breast cancer mortality rate by 40%. In fact, the survival rate for stage one breast cancer is 100%. While breast cancer is concerning, you can ease concerns and reduce the risk with a regularly scheduled screening. Those few short minutes could save a life.

Make mammograms a part of your Breast Cancer Awareness month. Schedule one with us to incorporate breast-cancer prevention as a part of your overall health.