Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Get a Mammogram
October is breast cancer awareness month. Amidst the sea of the oranges, reds, and browns of fall, the stores shelves are punctuated by pink. Breast cancer month is dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer and the importance of mammograms. It’s also the biggest fundraiser for breast cancer research.
Why Are Mammograms So Important?
Mammograms, a specialized set of x-rays of the breast, are the most comprehensive tool doctors have at their disposal for detecting cancer early. A mammogram can detect breast cancer three to four years before a lump can be felt, giving the person with cancer significantly increased odds at treating and beating the cancer.
Who Needs a Mammogram?
Every woman should begin having annual mammograms at age 40. However, some women may need to begin screening at a much younger age. If you had a mother, sister, aunt, or other close relative who was diagnosed with breast cancer younger than 40, you should begin screenings earlier. Talk to your physician about when. If you have had genetic testing and have the BRCA-1 or BRCA-2 “breast cancer gene” you should begin screenings early. And if you discover a lump, no matter your age, you should talk to you doctor about getting a mammogram.
Are Mammograms Safe?
The amount of radiation the breast is exposed to during the mammogram is negligible. Skipping this essential cancer screening tool puts you at risk. Mammograms are a safe and effective screening measure that can save your life by detecting cancer before you have any symptoms or can tell you have it.
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