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Is Breast Cancer Screening Still Relevant

Feb 12, 2016

The modern day woman is constantly on the go taking care of her career and family. However in this fast paced lifestyle, it is easy to forget to take time to take care of yourself. Taking care of yourself can come in many forms, but for women, especially those over fifty, it is important to get breast cancer screening. Some people may wonder whether breast cancer is still relevant for them given their overall state of health. By exploring breast cancer screening and its benefits, it is possible to make the best decision for one’s health.

Comprehensive Breast Cancer Screening

For women over forty, breast cancer screening has been proven to lower the rate of death by 35%. This is a significant amount that should be taken into consideration when deciding whether or not to get screened. It can be easy to delay this simple procedure for the next visit, however early detection can yield the timely intervention that can make the difference between life and death. It is not difficult to get screened for breast cancer and the process itself takes only a few minutes. The screening can be performed at your local gynecological office where we offer comprehensive screening services.

The American Medical Association has issued guidelines stating that it is recommended for women over forty to get screened for breast cancer. If caught early, women are able to forego surgical removal of their breasts which can be a very traumatizing and saddening experience. In an effort to ensure early detection, doctors recommend their female patients have regular breast cancer screening performed. However mammograms are also not impervious to failure. It is important to be aware that a mammogram may detect an abnormality in the breasts that are in actuality not cancer related at all. Nevertheless, breast cancer screening is still one of the most effective ways to detect cancer for early prevention.

Discuss with your gynecologist whether a physical mammogram or digital mammogram may be the best option for you. If you are younger than 50, the digital mammogram may provide a more accurate reading. They give doctors the capability to enlarge the image in order to inspect it more carefully.

At Metropolitan Family Planning Clinic, we will provide you with an appointment for breast cancer screening at your convenience. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.