Did you know that one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime? That’s why it’s important to begin annual mammogram screenings at age 40. Regular mammograms are essential to early detection and the fight against breast cancer. In fact, with early detection, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 100 percent.
A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray of the breast. It is effective in detecting breast disase in its earliest stages. A mammogram can detect a tumor much earlier than it can be felt, resulting in a greater chance for successful treatment.
The American College of Radiology recommends having annual mammograms starting at age 40. If you have a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors that increase your risk, your health team may recommend additional screening or screening at an earlier age.
When you go in for your next mammogram, you will most likely have a choice. Your doctor can help you decide what’s right for you.