40 IS THE NEW 50… FOR EARLY MAMMOGRAM SCREENING

 

By Elizabeth Meier

As reported by ABC News, Doctors are encouraging their female patients to get annual and bi-annual mammograms as early as, and sometimes earlier than, the age of 40. Their article highlights the statistics of women with breast cancer, and the rapid change in those statistics amongst women who got early screenings.

In a study performed by Massachusetts General Hospital at two Boston hospitals, of 609 confirmed breast cancer deaths that occurred between 1990 and 1999, over half of the women had never had a mammogram before their diagnosis. Early screenings cannot be stressed enough when it comes to breast cancer detection and prevention. It is now commonly being recommended that women begin getting regular annual mammograms at the age of 40. “For women without risk factors, consider self breast examinations at home and see your physician for a clinical breast exam every two to three years starting in your 20s.”

Dr. Cady, of Massachusetts General Hospital even stated “I have watched the mortality rate from breast cancer fall from 50 percent in the 1960s to 9.2 percent today with the advent of early detection with mammography,”

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RESOURCES:

http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/mammograms-50-could-save-lives-researchers-100043523–abc-news-health.html

http://mriscangroup.com

 

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