Regular screening tests can find breast cancer early.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States except for skin cancer. The goal of preventative screening exams for early detection is to find cancers before they begin to cause symptoms, when treatments are most successful. Once breast cancer has formed, it can quickly spread to other areas of the body.
Mammograms: Just Do It
Although thousands of lives are saved each year due to mammograms and other screening tests, many women forgo their mammograms for a variety of reasons. “I’m too busy” is one common excuse, but here are five reasons why you should schedule your mammogram despite your hectic calendar. It could save your life!
- One out of every eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
- Mammograms can find breast cancer early, when it is most treatable. Earlier detection means more treatment options and better breast cancer survival chances.
- Technological advances mean that today’s mammograms are more reliable than mammograms from even a few years ago.
- A screening mammogram usually takes just 20 to 30 minutes to perform.
- If you have noticed a lump or other change in your breast, getting a mammogram can help ease your anxiety. Breast lumps that are benign, or non-cancerous, are fairly common.
Women who are at average risk of developing breast cancer are generally advised to begin getting mammograms every year at age 40. Medical Center Arlington offers breast imaging services in a recently-renovated, state-of-the-art mammography suite. We are also pleased to offer $80 screening mammograms to patients who qualify. Visit us online or call (817) 472-4857 for more information or to schedule your appointment. For a physician referral, please call 1-855-868-6262.