Breast cancer used to be the #1 killer of women around the world. But thanks to the development of modern imaging methods and techniques, breast cancer has now become one of the most treatable and preventable cancers. The key to preventing breast cancer, like many other cancers, is through early detection.
Mammography is the standard procedure for examining breasts for any signs of abnormalities. Mammograms don't prevent cancer, but they do save lives by finding cancerous cells as soon as possible. In fact, mammograms have been shown to lower the risk of breast cancer by 35% in women over the age of 50. However, many professional institutes have recommended that women should begin getting regular screening at 40.
Finding cancer early on with mammograms has also meant that more women are able to keep their breasts after treatment, without resorting to mastectomy.
The Facts About Mammograms:
1. They Can Save Your Life
The key to surviving any cancer is early detection, and this is especially true with breast cancer. Finding cancer early can reduce its lethality by 25-30% or more.
2. Don't Hesitate
Mammograms, while seemingly invasive, is a quick procedure, with minimal discomfort. The procedure is completely safe; the radiation exposure is very tiny. Often, you will get the results before you leave the clinic.
3. Multiple Methods
If the initial results aren't working for you, or you have dense breasts, you can get a digital mammogram. A digital mammogram is recorded to a computer for better imaging of certain sections. If the results are still unclear, the doctor might recommend alternative screening methods.
Preparing for Mammograms
Avoid wearing deodorant or antiperspirant before an exam, as this can interfere with the screening results. Don't schedule an exam when your breasts might be tender or swollen, such as during your period.
Mammogram is Your Best Tool
Mammograms can help save your life, but it's also important to remember the tools you have to help detect breast cancer early on. Self-examination, clinical studies, or even MRI/ Ultrasounds can also help detect cancer early on. If you feel like you'd like a mammogram done now or in the near future, let Canada Diagnostic Centres help! Call or book online today!