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Published on October 02, 2019

Mammograms Provide Early Detection and Save Lives

Photo of patient and tech at mammogram machinePhoto of patient and tech at mammogram machineOne in six breast cancers occur in women between the ages of 40 and 49, according to the Society of Breast Imaging. Here are some details related to mammograms:

  • Screening saves lives. Early detection is the key to surviving breast cancer. According to WebMD, one in eight women who live to age 70 will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Mammograms are performed as a part of a regular physical exam and establish a baseline to record and monitor any changes that may occur in a woman’s breast tissue. Mammograms are also used to detect lumps that are too small to be felt during a physical exam.
  • All women ages 40 and older should get annual mammograms. Mammography can lower your risk of dying of breast cancer by 40 percent, according to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. A screening mammogram uses x-rays that take images of the breast. If a screening mammogram indicates an area of concern, a diagnostic mammogram may be performed to take more images.
  • Mammograms are the best screening tool we have today to find breast cancer. Breast cancer accounts for about 30 percent of all cancers in women. About 85 percent of breast cancer diagnoses occur in women with no family history of breast cancer, according to
  • Look for warning signs. You know your breasts. Contact your health provider right away if you notice a lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area. Also, if you notice a swelling or change in the size or shape of your breast, or if you have any discharge, be sure to call your physician.

“Women, especially after age 40, should get a yearly mammogram,” says Lisa Wang MD, Oncologist at PIH Health. Schedule your mammogram today, by calling 562.906.5692 or visit

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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