Mam­mog­ra­phy Saves Lives…

Stanstead Journal - - CLASSIFIEDS - New­port, VT

Soit seems there is some con­fu­sion about at what age you need to start get­ting mam­mo­grams. Ev­ery ma­jor med­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion with ex­per­tise in breast can­cer now rec­om­mends that women start get­ting an­nual mam­mo­grams at age 40. Yet, mil­lions of women re­main con­fused about when to be screened. Many forego an­nual mam­mo­grams and in­crease their risk of dy­ing un­nec­es­sar­ily from breast can­cer.

Anne Moore of Derby is not at all un­cer­tain about it.

“I owe my good health to the de­tec­tion process of the mam­mo­grams I’ve had at North Coun­try Hos­pi­tal since I was 40 years old,” Anne proudly said. “I’m now 70 and am nearly a 5 year sur­vivor of breast can­cer surgery and treat­ment.”

The Amer­i­can Col­lege of Ra­di­ol­ogy and The Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety both rec­om­mend women age 40 and older should have a mam­mo­gram ev­ery year and should con­tinue to do so for as long as they are in good health.

Cur­rent ev­i­dence sup­port­ing mam­mo­grams is even stronger than in the past. In par­tic­u­lar, re­cent ev­i­dence has con­firmed that mam­mo­grams of­fer sub­stan­tial ben­e­fit for women in their for­ties. For women in their twen­ties and thir­ties it is rec­om­mended that you have a clin­i­cal breast exam as a part of a pe­ri­odic exam by a health pro­fes­sional prefer­ably ev­ery 3 years. Women can feel con­fi­dent about the ben­e­fits.

“At North Coun­try Hos­pi­tal we have seven li­censed Mam­mog­ra­phy Tech­nol­o­gists and two ARDMS Ul­tra­sound Tech­nol­o­gists. We of­fer screen­ing and di­ag­nos­tic mam­mog­ra­phy as well as breast ul­tra­sounds. We also of­fer mam­mog­ra­phy breast biop­sies, ul­tra­sound guided biop­sies and cyst as­pi­ra­tions,” stated Kelly Goulet RTR(M), Mam­mog­ra­phy Co­or­di­na­tor for North Coun­try Hos­pi­tal.

Kelly went on to say, “We as tech­nol­o­gists en­cour­age our pa­tients to do reg­u­lar breast self ex­ams, have yearly screen­ing mam­mo­grams, and a clin­i­cal breast exam.”

Breast Can­cer is the sec­ond lead­ing cause of death in women. Just fewer than forty thou­sand women will die each year from the disease. The big­gest risk fac­tor, af­ter gen­der is in­creas­ing age, 80% of breast can­cers oc­cur in women over the age of 50, al­though the num­ber is in­creas­ing, the sur­vival rates are im­prov­ing. It is im­por­tant to note that breast can­cer also af­fects men, just over two thou­sand new cases will be di­ag­nosed among men and ap­prox­i­mately 400 will die.

cont'd page 14 In lov­ing mem­ory of a dear son, brother and un­cle, who passed away Novem­ber 2nd, 2012.

Photo cour­tesy

Anne Moore en­joys walk­ing her lab, Earl, on the back roads of Derby, en­joy­ing the fo­liage and life, thanks to early de­tec­tion and reg­u­lar mam­mo­grams.

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