Did you delay your annual mammogram during the COVID-19 crisis?
If so, it’s time to reschedule your mammogram. October is breast cancer awareness month and breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, behind skin cancer. 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. The American College of Radiology recommends annual mammograms for women over the age of 40. Mammograms can help find breast cancer early, before symptoms appear. And, earlier detection can result in more successful treatment, before cancer cells have a chance to spread.
Digital and 3D mammography
If you delayed your mammogram earlier this year, we’re here to help with digital mammography, breast MRI, and breast ultrasound. And most of our breast centers offer 3D mammography, which allows our radiologists to better detect smaller cancers – even with dense breast tissue.
How often should I be screened for breast cancer?
The American Cancer Society recommends the following cancer screening guidelines for most adults. Screening tests are used to find cancer before a person has any symptoms.
- Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) if they wish to do so
- Women ages 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year
- Women ages 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening
- Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 years or longer
- All women should be familiar with the known benefits, limitations and potential harms linked to breast cancer screening
To schedule your mammogram, call us at (865) 374-4000 or request your appointment online.
Visit morristownhamblen.com/breastcenter to learn more about our services.
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