Mammography Saves Lives…
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.
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.