The overwhelming beneficial impact of yearly mammograms

June 27, 2012 at 8:15 a.m.

Let's face it, ladies -- we all dread it when the time rolls around for our yearly mammograms. As unpleasant as it is to have this procedure performed, women are smart enough to realize the benefits of mammograms. They save lives. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women in the United States. Mammography is the most powerful breast cancer detection tool around and can allow doctors to find breast cancer as early as possible, which can actually mean the difference between a curable disease and a terminal one. Fortunately, this earlier detection of breast cancer has led to a steady decrease in breast cancer deaths since 1990, supporting the benefits of mammograms.

Would you be surprised to know that women who are 50 years of age or older can actually cut their risk of dying from breast cancer by 35 percent with yearly mammograms? The early detection of breast cancer from a mammogram means that treatment can be started earlier; hopefully, before it has had a chance to spread in the body. This ability to find the cancer sooner is also allowing more cancer patients to keep their breasts and avoid the heartbreak of a mastectomy. Not having to have a mastectomy if diagnosed with breast cancer is one of the overwhelming benefits of mammograms.

As you can see, the benefits of yearly mammograms far outweigh the uncomfortable test procedures, so be sure to schedule your yearly mammograms at your local breast clinic, hospital, mobile mammography vans, or private radiology offices.

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