Top Reasons to Schedule Your Mammogram

Despite strong efforts to make women aware of their importance, many women still ask, “Do I really need a mammogram?” The answer is yes! Mammograms represent an invaluable tool in screening women for breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for women, yet it is 99% curable when detected early.

Mammograms involve low-dose x-ray technology to examine all angles of the breasts and evaluate areas of concern. These screenings are not just for women who are at high risk for breast cancer. It is recommended that all women begin having annual mammograms at the age of 40 and continue to get them each year until the age of 55. At 55, it is acceptable to switch to getting a mammogram every 1-2 years based on American Cancer Society guidelines.

Why are Mammograms Important?

Still on the fence about whether you should really schedule that mammogram? Here are some helpful reasons why you should book it sooner rather than later.

#1 Mammograms Save Lives! This simple x-ray procedure can detect cancer at its earliest stages and provide life-saving insight that can save your life and your breasts. In fact, research suggests that getting screened can lower the risk of death due to breast cancer by 30%!

#2 Mammograms are easy and painless. A mammogram is non-invasive and only takes about 20 minutes of your time. Depending on the size of your breasts, some women report mild discomfort for just seconds as the breast is being properly placed in the mammography machine, but there is nothing to fear with this procedure.

#3 Mammograms do not present radiation concerns. While there is a slight exposure to radiation when having a mammogram, you should know that it is less than a normal x-ray!

When to Schedule a Mammogram Earlier

While you should always follow your gynecologist’s recommendation for annual breast health screenings, there are times in which you need to consider an additional or earlier mammogram. If you notice the following signs or changes in your breasts, ask your physician about a mammogram:

At North Pointe OB/GYN, we take mammograms seriously. If you have questions about your need for a mammogram or want to learn more about what this important screening entails, please call our Cumming clinic today.

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