A listener asked me, “Do I really need to worry about a mammogram? I’m barely forty.”
Well, better treatments and greater awareness are helping more women beat breast cancer, but the biggest factor for success could be the mighty mammogram.
Two studies in the last two years show that regular mammograms help reduce deaths from breast cancer by up to thirty percent. And one of those studies followed women in their forties.
The American Cancer Society recommends regular mammograms as part of a breast cancer screening plan—and I would agree.
Now, mammograms can miss some cancers or find problems that turn out not to be cancer after further tests.
Regardless, talk to your physician about when and how often to get screened for breast cancer. It’s a safe and simple way to keep abreast of your health.
Here are some of my other blogs on the topic:
- Mammograms really do reduce breast cancer deaths
- Canadian guidelines recommend against mammograms for women in their 40′s
- Biennial mammograms reduce false positive rate
- Ob/Gyn group issues new guidelines recommending yearly mammograms starting at age 40
- Longest trial ever confirms mammograms’ benefits
- Nurse practitioner writes about her decision to stop getting mammograms
- New mammogram guidelines are spurring huge controversy
- Study suggests breast cancer overdiagnosed
- Editorial criticizes Komen for overstating mammography’s benefits
BTW, you can listen to the podcast of this news story here.
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