It’s that time of year again – Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM)! This annual campaign was created to increase awareness of the disease. These days most people are aware of breast cancer, but many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.
At Peninsula Radiology we want to encourage women to get their yearly mammograms, and invite others to do the same. Breast Cancer is the most common cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women in America. Before the onset of mammography screening, the death rate from advanced breast cancer remained unchanged for 50 years. However, since 1990, this rate has decreased by 30 percent, and recent studies suggest that mammograms may even be more effective than previously thought, reducing breast cancer mortality by more than 30 to 60 percent.
It is important for physicians to educate their patients on the benefits of mammography, and to provide them with the proper resources, so that they may make the best decisions for their well-being.
We make it easy and convenient for you to schedule your annual Mammogram. Thanks to Riverside’s Self-Scheduler, you can now schedule your screening mammogram from any computer, at any time. The Self-Scheduler is simple and quick to use. You will first need to create and account by selecting a user name and password. Once your account is set up, you will be able to schedule, re-schedule or cancel your appointment at your convenience.
Another great feature about the Self-Scheduler is that it provides instructions on how to prepare for your appointment. Following these guidelines will help to ensure that you will get the most out of your breast cancer screening appointment.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This annual campaign was created to increase awareness of the disease. Most people are aware of breast cancer, but often forget to take the actions necessary to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.
When it comes to women’s health, one of the upmost concerns is breast health. Mammography is the use of low-dose x-ray imaging to examine breast tissue. This is an invaluable screening tool that detects many breast tumors early so they can be treated effectively.
The American Cancer Society recommends that women have their first mammogram by age 40 and continue with annual mammograms thereafter. If you know breast cancer runs in your family, your primary care doctor may advise you to schedule your first mammogram before age 40.
How Does Mammography Save Lives?
Yearly mammograms are critical for early detection of disease as radiologists compare your mammograms from year to year to identify any changes.
- According to the American College of Radiology, mammography has reduced breast cancer mortality rates by one third since 1990.
- Mammograms can detect changes in breast tissue two years before you would experience symptoms.
- Most women diagnosed with breast cancer have no known family history of the disease. Mammography provides women the opportunity to manage their health and mitigate a frightening health crisis.
- Earlier detection means a much better chance of surviving breast cancer.
Does Mammography Hurt?
While mammograms can be briefly uncomfortable, they are quick and minimally invasive. Mammography technicians are trained to put you at ease, respect your privacy and get you in and out efficiently. The radiologist will review your results quickly so you will have your results as soon as possible.
If you have further questions about mammography or you would like to schedule a mammogram online call, Peninsula Radiology Associates today (757) 594-2911. We encourage all women to take charge of their health by getting a yearly mammogram.