Mammograms Can Save Lives
Since breast cancer can strike any woman it is important to know the benefits of early screening for women aged 40-69. Women in this age group should have a mammogram every one to two years to screen for lumps that are too small to feel in a monthly self-exam or doctor's exam. This simple test can find breast cancer early, when it's smaller, easier to treat and the chance of survival is higher.
Studies have shown that regular screenings of women who don't show any symptoms have decreased the number of women who die from breast cancer by approximately 45 percent. While the cause of most cases of breast cancer is unknown there are certain lifestyle factors that may influence a woman's chance of developing the disease such as:
- A high fat diet
- Being overweight or obese
- Not exercising regularly
- Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol
What to expect when you get a mammogram
- Having a mammogram requires that you undress above the waist. The facility will give you a wrap to wear.
- A technologist will be there to position your breasts for the mammogram. Most technologists are women. You and the technologist are the only ones in the room during the mammogram.
- To get a high-quality mammogram picture, it is necessary to flatten the breast slightly. The whole procedure takes about 20 minutes, but the actual breast compression only lasts a few seconds.
Knowing the Warning Signs of Breast Cancer
Some of the warning signs of breast cancer can often be spotted easily. They include the following symptoms:
- A lump or thickening that has recently developed
- Scaling or redness of the skin
- Changes in the size or shape of the breast
- Dimpling of the skin
- Sunken or change in nipple
- Discharge or fluid from nipple
Remember, mammograms can save lives so call your doctor or HAP affiliated radiology center today to schedule an appointment for a mammogram if you are due for one.
By completing a mammogram by December 31, 2011, your name will automatically be entered into a drawing to win one of the following prizes.
- An Asus-Eee PC Netbook
- A Nikon-Coolpix Mega pixel Digital Camera
- A $100 Kohl's gift card
- A $100 Target gift card