If you’re a woman age 40 or older, having a mammogram every one to two years may be one of the best things you can do for your health. Research has shown that screening mammograms decrease the number of breast cancer deaths in women ages 40 to 69. This is because mammograms are often able to find breast cancers early. Early detection finds cancers before they start to cause symptoms. Women with a higher risk for breast cancer may need to have mammograms more often or beginning at an earlier age. If you have any risk factors, such as having a close relative who has had breast cancer, ask your doctor to recommend a personal mammogram schedule.
When your appointment arrives, follow these tips for a successful mammogram:
If you are called back for additional screening, don’t panic. This doesn’t mean you have cancer. Mammograms are repeated for many reasons. In fact, about 10 percent of women will need additional testing after a mammogram.
Schedule your next mammogram with Botsford to experience the all-new breast center. Call (248) 471-8100. You’ll need a referral from your doctor to make an appointment.