You’ve heard about the importance of getting regular mammograms. But like a lot of things in life that we’re supposed to do (flossing every day? Please…) sometimes we need a little reminder.
Here’s why mammograms are so important, and why you should schedule your next annual mammogram today:
Mammograms are the Best Early Detection
Self-exams are helpful, but many changes in the breast are so small that they cannot initially by felt by a physical exam—even a physical exam by your doctor. Mammograms can detect changes up to two years earlier than physical exams, and earlier is better when it comes to locating and addressing any lesions or abnormalities.
Early Detection Gives You More Treatment Options
A cancer detected very early gives physicians a wider range of treatment options. In fact, early detection greatly reduces the possibility of a patient’s need for mastectomy and makes it more likely that a cancer can be removed with a simple targeted surgery.
Annual Screenings Enhance Your Results
Just as a fine wine gets better with age, so does the personal data produced by regular mammograms. As you get mammograms year after year, your provider gains more imaging records of your “normal” breast tissue, making any future irregularities even easier to detect and identify. If you have a family history of breast cancer or have dense breast tissue, your doctor may recommend a 3D mammogram for more detailed imaging.
Once you’ve reached age 40, doctors recommend that you receive a mammogram every year. At Diagnostic Imaging Specialists of Chicago, you’ll receive immediate mammogram results before you leave your appointment—so you’ll never have to walk away wondering or worrying about the outcome.
Ready to schedule your mammogram? Reserve an appointment in our Gold Coast office.