The Benefits of Getting a Mammogram
In general, mammography is a very important tool for detecting breast cancer early, when it’s easiest to treat. According to the American Cancer Society, screening mammograms can reduce breast cancer deaths by approximately 20% to 40%.
When Should You Get a Mammogram?
Experts have different recommendations for mammography:
- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening every 2 years for women ages 50 to 74.
- The American Cancer Society recommends a mammogram yearly for all women ages 45 to 54, and every year or every other year for women ages 55 and older.
The benefits and limitations of mammography vary based on factors like age and personal risk. You should talk with your doctors about your personal risk factors before making a decision about when to start getting mammograms or how often you should get them.
Reducing Breast Cancer Deaths
One thing is clear: If we are going to win the battle against breast cancer, women must be screened.
Women need to be encouraged to follow their doctor’s advice to get regular screenings. You can do your part, too. Remind the women you know and love about the importance of regular mammograms — it just might save their life.
To schedule your mammogram, call us at 865-374-4000.