Is it Time to Schedule Your Mammogram?

According to statistics, about 1 in 8 women will eventually be diagnosed with breast cancer. In other words, if it’s not yourself, you’ll have someone in your life who has (or will be) affected by this disease. Just like most cancers, one of our best weapons in beating breast cancer is early detection. This can be accomplished by breast self-exams at home as well as preventative screenings with advanced imaging equipment – otherwise known as mammograms.

Research continues to evolve when it comes to breast cancer detection. In fact, some of the most respected national organizations have slightly differing recommendations when it comes to when mammograms should begin and how often women should schedule them. For example, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Radiology, and Society of Breast Imaging recommend annual mammograms for women at average risk of breast cancer starting at age 40. The American Cancer Society says screening should begin by 45, with the choice to start at age 40. Finally, The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says there’s no need for regular screenings until age 50—and then every two years. It is important that you discuss these recommendations for mammograms with your gynecologist, as it can heavily depend on your personal risk factor for breast cancer.

Lowering Your Risk for Breast Cancer

While we can’t say with certainty exactly what makes breast cancer develop, we do know there are some contributing lifestyle factors. To decrease your risk of breast cancer and boost your overall health, we suggest the following:

Talk with Us About Your Breast Cancer Risk

At North Pointe OB/GYN, we value the importance of evaluating each woman’s personal risk for breast cancer. In this way, we can ensure patients are taking the necessary steps they need to either lower their risk and/or detect this disease early. Studies of women in their 40s and 50s show that screening mammograms decrease breast cancer deaths by 15 to 29 percent. While there is still debate surrounding mammography recommendations, it remains the best breast cancer screening tool we have. Call our Cumming physicians today and let us help you schedule yours.

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