Do You Need a Mammogram?

Sumner Regional Medical


Do women really need mammograms? We might all concur that women with a family history of breast cancer should have annual mammograms because of their higher risk associated with that history. And we would agree that women who have found a lump during their breast self-exam, or have other alarming symptoms need breast cancer screening.

But what about the rest of us?  Do we need to set and keep annual mammogram appointments?  Let’s look at some information to decide.

Mammograms are able to reveal breast tumors up to two years before those lumps are of the size where you or your physician can feel them. For women aged 40 to 70, the number of deaths from breast cancer has reduced significantly due to the use of mammograms. With the stated goal of mammograms being early detection of breast cancer, so that treatment may be started before the disease has a…

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