National Mammography Day
October has been designated as the Breast Cancer Awareness Month as a way to bring awareness to breast cancer. Having started in 1993, President Clinton signed the proclamation as a way to help our nation become more aware of the dangers of breast cancer and the options available to help minimize the risk of getting breast cancer or improving the rate of detecting cancer.
The earlier a woman can detect signs of breast cancer, the quicker they can start treatment. When cancer is caught early on and treatment begins earlier, there’s a higher chance of overcoming the cancer. In order to further emphasize the options available to women to help detect breast cancer, a “National Mammography Day” was created.
This year, we honor National Mammography Day on Friday, October 21st, 2016.
During National Mammography Day, we want to help emphasize the importance of scheduling annual mammograms to help detect any potential breast cancer in its earliest stages.
What Is Mammography?
Mammography (sometimes referred to as a mammogram) is a type of imaging procedure that utilizes low dosages of x-ray to capture an image of the breast tissue. This image is vital for helping doctors analyze the tissue of the breast to track for changes in the tissue.
These images, when analyzed, allow medical professionals to evaluate whether or not any detected changes are benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
With technological advances over the years, digital mammography has become more common. While both traditional mammography and digital mammography methods are meant to help detect cancerous lumps in the breast tissue, only the digital mammography process is more accurate as a result of its ability to capture images in higher resolution.
When Should a Woman Begin Annual Mammograms?
The age that you should start getting annual mammograms will be different depending on each individual’s health history. Give us a call today to learn whether or not you should start getting annual mammograms. As a general rule of thumb women will get their first mammogram at the age of 35, with annual mammograms beginning at age 40 if the initial results come back normal.
How Do I Get Started?
If you’ve never had a mammography or haven’t scheduled your annual mammogram for 2016 or 2017, it’s not too late. It’s always better to start now, even if it’s late, than to skip it all together. The more regular the mammograms are, the easier it is for doctors to detect any significant and important changes in the breast tissue that could indicate breast cancer.
Remember that early detection is one of the best ways to stay prepared in the fight against breast cancer. Whether or not you suspect you have breast cancer, getting a mammogram will either give you peace of mind or help you to detect the signs of a malignant mass in the breast tissue. The earlier a detection is caught, the better the results are when beginning treatment.
Give us a call today at (760) 736-8700 to get started with your annual mammogram or if you have any question regarding mammography.