A mammogram is a screening procedure that produces detailed x-ray images of the breast. It is primarily used to detect abnormal changes in breast tissue — masses or microcalcifications – early on. A mammogram can detect breast cancer three years before you begin to exhibit symptoms of an abnormality, such as before a lump can be felt in the breast.
Mammograms are part of a woman’s annual checkup beginning at the age of 40. The importance of mammograms cannot be overstated. Here are a few of the benefits of this screening procedure.
Early Detection Saves Lives
Breast cancer detected early means there are a lot more treatment options available to the patient. Moreover, catching the disease at an early stage means the tumor may not have spread to other tissues, which provides a greater chance for recovery. Women who regularly have mammograms have a lower chance of dying from breast cancer — an approximate 25-30 percent reduction in risk.
You Will Be Able to Keep Your Breasts
Early detection also means less extensive treatment methods are necessary, which could allow you to keep more of your breast. At a very early stage, the tumor is localized and may be removed without having to remove the entire breast.
Provides the Opportunity to Stay as Healthy as Possible
Healthy breasts are critical to good overall health in women. Regular mammograms also allow you to have the opportunity to discuss your health with your physician. For instance, if someone in your family was diagnosed with breast cancer, you can discuss your concerns with your doctor, and they can create a disease prevention plan to help reduce your risk of getting the disease in the future.
Have Awareness of What’s Normal for Your Breasts
With regular mammograms combined with physical breast exams, you will get to know your breasts better and be able to detect any slight changes that may be due to cancer or other health conditions.
Schedule Your Mammogram Now
As a woman, you have to be proactive about your health and encourage others to do the same. It is estimated that 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. This year, almost 300,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed. You may not be sure of the future, but what you can do is schedule your mammogram as soon as possible, and be proactive about your health and wellbeing.
Wooster Community Hospital Breast Cancer Screening Tests
At Wooster Community Hospital’s Women’s Health – Women’s Specialty Center, we provide the highest quality medical services to women, from safe and effective breast cancer screenings to bone density testing, and whatever else you need to stay on top of your health. We also provide comprehensive breast and bone care for our patients.
Our team of health care providers care about your comfort and maintain a peaceful and relaxing environment in our specialty care center. If you are ready to schedule your very first mammogram or want more information about our women’s care services, call (330) 263-8660. Our friendly staff looks forward to serving you.