Learn why you should schedule a mammogram to screen for breast cancer.
Have you been putting off your mammogram appointment? It may seem like one more chore that’s easy to ignore, but you should consider scheduling one sooner than later. Here’s why:
It can save your life.
Early detection plays an important role in the fight against breast cancer. Early detection gives you a better chance of surviving, and a mammogram is the best way to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages.
Self-exams can’t detect early cancer.
While you should always conduct regular breast self-exams, a mammogram is still necessary. It can detect cancer up to three years before a lump in the breast can be detected manually.
All women are at risk of breast cancer.
Even if you don’t have a family history or risk factors in your lifestyle, being a woman puts you at risk of developing breast cancer. In fact, BreastCancer.org reports that about 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer in their lives, and that about 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer.
Your risk increases with age.
Age is the strongest risk factor. Most women develop breast cancer after 50. As you age, it becomes increasingly more important to have a mammogram each year.
Regular mammograms help your doctor monitor your breasts.
Changes in breast tissue can alert radiologists to early signs of breast cancer. By keeping your yearly appointments, you’re helping your doctors detect changes in in your breasts.
It’s a simple procedure.
While a mammogram may cause brief discomfort, it’s a very quick procedure. Most women will be in and out of the office in less than an hour. This is a small investment when it comes to saving your life.
Medical Center of McKinney offers women state-of-the-art technology screening options including digital mammography. Find out more by visiting us online or call 1-855-296-6265 for a physician referral.
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