Turning 40? Don’t Forget Your Mammogram! - PIH Health

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Published on May 26, 2015

Turning 40? Don’t Forget Your Mammogram!

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If you are a woman turning 40 and have not yet scheduled your annual mammogram, it’s time to take action!

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. But mammography can detect breast cancer at an early stage when it is most treatable. In fact, women with breast cancers that are caught early have survival rates greater than 98 percent.

According to PIH Health radiologist Kimberly Bickell MD, women at high risk of developing breast cancer — particularly those with a family history of the disease — should talk with their doctor about the best approach for screening. This might mean starting mammograms at a younger age or having extra tests in addition to annual screenings. If a woman has any doubt of her risk factor for breast cancer, she should consult with a healthcare professional as soon as possible.

Early detection of breast cancer through screenings is the key to optimal breast health. So if you are a woman whose 40th birthday is approaching or has just passed, and you have not yet scheduled your first mammogram, make an appointment …as a present to yourself! Next, schedule your future exams around your birthday every year for the gift of peace of mind.

Learn more about breast health and the comprehensive treatment options available to patients diagnosed with cancer.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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