Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Early Detection is Key to Beating Breast Cancer
Did you know that breast cancer is the 2nd most common type of cancer in women?
Did you also know, although rare, men can also get breast cancer?
The good news is that many survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.
How can you find breast cancer early? By having regular mammograms. A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. The x-ray enables your doctor to see inside of your breasts and identify any signs of cancer.
When and how often should you have mammograms? There are some general guidelines out there. But the BEST thing to do is talk to your doctor. It depends not only on your age, but if you are at risk of developing breast cancer.
Need to schedule a mammogram? Find a radiologist near you using our healthcare provider directory.
Nervous about getting a mammogram? The US National Library of Medicine website has a great tutorial explaining what a mammogram is, how to prepare to have one, and what to expect. Check it out here.