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DID YOU KNOW…

 

…all women are at risk for breast cancer?

 

FACT:  Just being a woman and growing older are two of the main risk factors for getting breast cancer. The American Cancer Society says that women get the disease 100 times more often than men do and that two of three women with breast cancer are age 55 or older.

 

…breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States, ranking just below non-melanoma skin cancer?

 

FACT: In 2012 in the United States, an estimated 226,870 new cases of breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women and 39,510 women are expected to die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.

 

…that early detection is the best protection?

 

FACT: You can help lower your risk of breast cancer by getting screened for breast cancer regularly.  By getting screening mammograms, you can increase your chances of finding if you have cancer at an early stage, when treatment is highly successful.

 

…that mammograms are the best method to detect breast cancer early when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms?

 

FACT: A person with no symptoms may not find out that they have breast cancer until after a routine screening mammogram, which is simply an X-ray of the breast. Regular mammograms are the best tests doctors have to find breast cancer early, sometimes up to three years before it can be felt.  The chances of recovery from breast cancer have significantly increased due in part to earlier detection via mammography.

 

…that women age 40 and older should have an annual screening mammogram?

 

FACT:  Along with the experts at the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, and Society of Breast Imaging, the Radiology Alliance Women’s Imaging Specialists recommend that women receive annual mammograms stating at age 40.  Women at high risk for breast cancer should begin screening mammograms at age 30. 

 

…a woman can schedule a screening mammogram exam without her doctor’s orders?

 

FACT: You can call 877-544-MYCARE (6922) for an appointment.

 

 

For more information on this topic, please visit:

 

www.endtheconfusion.org

 

www.Radiologyinfo.org