Getting Screened For Breast Cancer
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which for some can represent strength, hope, and for some survival. This is a disease that affects 1 in every 8 women in America and is the second most common form of cancer in women. That is why this month is dedicated to promoting and educating women about getting screened for breast cancer. Many women don’t know that finding an abnormality in your breast tissue isn’t a death sentence any more. The National Cancer Association says that “When breast cancer is detected early (while in the localized stage) the 5-year relative survival rate is 100%”
The only way to know if you run the risk of having breast cancer is to talk to your doctor and to get tested.
When should you get tested?
If you are a woman who is in her mid 20’s to early 30’s the American Cancer Society recommends you receive a screening every 3 years.
If you are a woman who is over the age of 40 you should be tested every year to make sure you don’t have the early stages of breast cancer.
How do they do the test?
The most common way to test for breast cancer is by getting a Mammogram (or mammography as it is also known). Which uses low-doses of radiation to take x-rays of the breast tissue. A radiologist will assist with the procedure and your doctor will interpret the results.
If you want to read more about mammograms click here.
At our Westland and Livonia Medical Clinics we offer mammogram services for you or a loved one, and encourage you to take the time to get screened for possible breast cancer.
Knowledge is power, and power comes from knowing if you are at risk. Catching it early can help prevent the spread of the cells and possibly save your life. Please call us at Westland Phone: 734.728.2130 or Livonia Phone: 248.474.2220 to schedule your appointment today.