One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die each year.
Protect yourself. Learn about breast cancer risk factors
Mammograms from Silver Cross Hospital
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health is offering digital screening mammograms.
5 Important Things to Know about Mammograms
- They can save your life. Finding breast cancer early reduces your risk of dying from the disease by 25-30% or more. Women should begin having mammograms yearly at age 40, or earlier if they’re at high risk.
- Don’t be afraid. Mammography is a quick procedure (about 10 minutes), and discomfort is minimal for most women. The procedure is safe. There’s only a very tiny amount of radiation exposure from a mammogram. And, to relieve your anxiety of waiting to get the results, Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health can utilize the screening mammography results phone line.
- Get the best quality you can. The new gold standard is a digital mammogram which is recorded onto a computer so that doctors can enlarge certain sections to look at them more closely. If this is your first time at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, bring your past mammogram films/results with you so our board certified onsite radiologists can look for changes year to year. And, be prepared to talk about previous unusual findings or symptoms with the technologist who performs the mammogram. On the day of the exam, don’t wear deodorant or antiperspirant, since these can show up on the film and interfere with the test results. Finally, avoid scheduling your mammogram at a time when your breasts are swollen or tender, such as right before your period.
- Mammography is our most powerful breast cancer detection tool. However, mammograms can still miss 20% of breast cancers that are simply not visible using this technique. Other important tools such as breast self-exam, clinical breast examination, and possibly ultrasound or MRI (both are available at Silver Cross), can and should be used as complementary tools, but there are no substitutes or replacements for a mammogram.
- An unusual result requiring further testing does not always mean you have breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, about 10% of women who have a mammogram will require more tests. Only 8-10% of these women will need a biopsy, and about 80% of these biopsies will turn out not to be cancer. It’s normal to worry if you get called back for more testing, but try not to assume the worst until you have more information.
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