As women, we are known for putting the needs of others before our own. We’re always helping somebody out, and while it is a noble quality that we’re so caring and nurturing, it’s also important that we take the time to care for ourselves. As women, we’re faced with new health concerns that we didn’t have to worry about in our younger days. Now, more than ever, it’s essential that we take care of our bodies.
Having a mammogram once a year is a simple way to take control of our health. Memorial recommends following the American Cancer Society’s guidelines that say women should get an annual mammogram beginning at age 40. This X-ray procedure can detect breast cancer, allowing those who are suffering to start fighting back. During the procedure, the patient will place one breast onto a platform, and then plates will apply pressure to the breast in order to get a good image of the tissue.
Here are 3 of the top reasons why you should schedule a mammogram:
- Mammograms can detect cancer in the very early stages. This is when tumors are easiest to treat and when women have the best chance of surviving their cancer.
- When breast cancer attacks younger women, it is typically more aggressive than it is when found in older women. Regular screenings can help the younger women detect tumors sooner.
- Breast cancers runs in the family, but not always. If you’ve had a relative who’s suffered from breast cancer, then you’re at a higher risk for getting it. But women who haven’t had anyone with breast cancer in their family are still at risk as well.
Now that you know the importance, it’s time to find the right facility. Here at Memorial Hospital, we strive to keep our patients as comfortable as possible during their mammograms. Our medical facility also specializes in bariatric surgery and orthopedics, and we’ve got a great cardiology center and spine center. Contact us today with any questions or concerns.