Digital mammography can detect early-stage breast cancer
If you're a woman consider the many reasons why you should have a mammogram every year.
Get the Facts
40 is the age at which women should start getting annual mammograms
37% reduction in breast cancer deaths since mammography screening became widespread in 1990
1 in 6 breast cancers occur in women ages 40–49
3 of 4 women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease
Concerned about breast cancer?
Throughout the year and especially during October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our hospital strives to make sure women know how important it is to have regular mammograms or x-rays of the breasts.
Doctors know that screenings for breast cancer save thousands of lives each year, and that many more lives could be saved if even more women took advantage of these tests.
Lowering the Risk
Unlike colorectal cancer, which can be prevented via the removal of polyps during a colonoscopy, there is no sure way to prevent breast cancer. But there are steps women can take that might reduce their risk of breast cancer, or at least help them find it in its earliest, most curable stages. These steps include:
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Regular exercise
- Limit alcohol use
- Have an annual mammogram
- Women who breast-feed their children for several months or do not use post-menopausal hormone therapy (PHT) may also reduce their breast cancer risk.
- Most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer save thousands of lives each year, and that many more lives could be saved if even more women and their health care providers took advantage of these tests.
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