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  • Early Detection of Breast Cancer: Mammograms & Screenings


    You may know that it is very important for every woman to get screened for breast cancer. However, do you know what all a mammogram entails? Is it a word you are familiar with or is it just another breast cancer word tossed around? Well, here are some great Mammogram and Breast Cancer Screening Facts.

    What is a Mammogram?

    • A mammogram is simply an x-ray picture of the breast.
    • They can be used to check breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease.
    • Mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer early when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms.

    Clinical Breast Exam

    • A clinical breast exam is an examination by a doctor or nurse who uses his or her hands to feel for lumps or other changes.

    Breast Self-Exam

    • You know your breasts better than anyone else. Make sure to do a breast self exam to feel for changes in the size or shape of your breast, or any other changes in the breasts or underarm.

    When should I get a Mammogram?

    • Women age 40 and older should have mammograms every 1 to 2 years
    • Breasts will be least tender the week after your menstrual period begins, so that is a great time to schedule your Mammogram.
    • If you have a high risk factor, talk to your doctor about when you should start getting mammograms before the age of 40.
    • Routine screening should end at age 74.

    High Risks include:

    • Personal history of breast cancer
    • Family History
    • Genetic alterations
    • Breast density
    • Certain breast changes found on biopsy
    • Reproductive and menstrual history
    • Long term use of menopausal hormone therapy
    • Radiation therapy
    • Alcohol
    • Body weight
    • Physical activity level

    Screening vs. Diagnostic Mammograms

    • Screening Mammograms usually involve 2 x-rays, one of each breast.
    • Diagnostic mammograms usually take longer and take many more x-rays to obtain different views of the breast.

    Mammograms and self-screening are the best tools to fight breast cancer. Although, many times when you find cancer by self-screening, it may have grown to a size that is hard to treat. The best way to detect breast cancer is through Mammograms, before the cancer spreads and grows. If you meet the requirements, find a cancer screening company and call to schedule a mammogram today!