Breast Cancer Screenings Save Lives
A breast health screening — or screening mammogram — is the one tool proven to increase breast cancer survival rates. Screening mammograms can detect tumors that self-exams or clinical breast exams may miss.
While most screenings don’t result in a cancer diagnosis, knowing your results can put your mind at ease. If you develop breast cancer, getting a yearly mammogram is a key to catching it in its earliest, most treatable stages. We also encourage you to perform monthly breast self-exams and to see your doctor each year for a clinical breast exam.
Do I Need a Breast Cancer Screening?
Every woman is at risk for breast cancer and your risk increases with age. According to the American College of Radiology, women with no symptoms of breast cancer should have a screening mammogram every year starting at age 40.
If you have a breast lump or other signs or symptoms see a physician immediately and ask about having a mammogram.
Who Is at Risk for Breast Cancer?
The American Cancer Society estimates 2,600 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in South Carolina this year and more than 300 of those will be in the Spartanburg area. Half of these new diagnoses will be in women who are age 61 or younger.
Before age 45, African-American women have the highest rate of breast cancer. At age 45 and above, white women have the highest incidence of the disease.
Regardless of your age or race, it is important to have a conversation with your doctor about your breast health. Don’t delay scheduling a yearly mammogram if you are over the age of 40. It could save your life.