Many women avoid getting mammograms. They say think they are painful, expensive, take too much time or that the radiation will cause cancer. The fact is that technology has advanced greatly since it was first developed about 40 years ago. Digital mammography, for instance, uses computer technology rather than x-rays to take the images so the radiation factor has been removed completely.
1. Mammograms provide the only reliable way to accurately detect breast cancer. Early detection makes it much easier to treat.
2. Breast cancer will show up on a mammogram long before a lump can be felt.
3. Changes in breast composition can be detected with multiple scans over a period of time. Radiologists compare scans against each other to see what changes are occurring in a woman’s breast. This is impossible with only one scan but regular scans give them the tools they need.
4. According to the American Cancer Society, women over 40 years old should get annual mammograms.
5. As women age, the risk of developing cancer increases.
6. From start to finish, a mammogram should take no more than 20 minutes. Even with traditional mammograms, people are exposed to more radiation after a few flights on airplanes. It is a safe, effective way to prevent breast cancer.