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Published on October 02, 2019

Mammography Saves Lives with Early Detection

mammography saves lives, age for mammogram, mammogram screeningPhoto 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.

Mammography 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 including breast lumps. Mammograms are also used to detect smaller breast lumps that are too minute to be felt during a physical exam.

Age for mammogram

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, including breast lumps, a diagnostic mammogram may be performed to take more images.

“Women, especially after age 40 or those who have experienced breast lumps, should get a yearly mammogram,” says Lisa Wang MD, Oncologist at PIH Health. Schedule your mammogram today, by calling 562.906.5692 or visit PIHHealth.org/Mammogram.

Mammogram screening

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 cancer.org.

Look for warning signs

You know your breasts. Contact your health provider right away if you notice breast lumps, hard knots 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.

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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