It’s National Women’s Health Week and I’m helping to get the word out about at what age should a women get her first mammogram. It’s time we clear up this confusion!! Here’s the facts ladies…Start at age 40, get one annually…and Never Stop. Early detection is key! Insurance pays for it…and I promise – getting a mammogram does not hurt. This post was sponsored by TrizCom PR and it’s Client, Solis Mammography.
ADDISON, TEXAS (April 29, 2016) – The American Cancer Society just released their 2015-2016
Breast Cancer Facts & Figures report where they estimate in 2015, 231,840 women were diagnosed with
invasive breast cancer and of that, 46,350 (20 percent) were diagnosed under the age of 50. The
American Cancer Society cites in their 2015-2016 Breast Cancer Facts & Figures report, “Mammography is
the single most effective method of early detection since it can often identify cancer several years before
physical symptoms develop.” Mammography screening has been documented by the American Cancer
Society to have helped reduce deaths from breast cancer by 36 percent since widespread screening was
implemented. Yet new and conflicting recommendations have been released, confusing women on
whether to start their mammography screenings at 40, 45 or 50; whether to go annually or every other
year; and even whether or not to conduct self-breast examinations.
I do distinctly remember hearing a while back (on TV) about women only needing to get a mammogram every other year. Well, that’s simply not true, and I’m mad at the person who started that rumor!! My doctor assured me that women my age (50’s) needs one every year!! Now, starting at age 40 is even better. Again, ladies getting a mammogram does not hurt!!
In honor of National Women’s Health Week (May 8-14), Solis Mammography is on a mission to educate women about important decisions regarding breast health.
While we believe saving lives is job one, we also believe quality of life runs a close second. Helping women decide for themselves, we present these six facts.
- Mammography is the closest thing we have to a cure.
- Twenty percent of women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2015 were under
the age of 50.
- The average tumor size when found through an
untrained self-exam is the size of a walnut versus when found through
mammography, is the size of a pea.
- When you find a tumor earlier
(smaller/pea-sized), your choices are better. You have more options and
treatment is likely to be less aggressive and less expensive.
- Insurance companies still pay 100 percent of a woman’s annual 2D mammogram
starting at age 40.
- 3D mammography provides an excellent
upgrade to 2D mammograms, helping radiologists have an even clearer image of
To sum it up, it’s quite simple. Peace of mind and overall wellness come from getting the facts about your breast health – starting with your annual mammogram.
By James Polfreman, president and CEO, Solis Mammography
Find one near you. Don’t put this off ladies!!