Mammograms: 3 Ways They Save Your Life

(Originally Posted on Oct 9, 2015)

During breast cancer awareness month, you’ll find yourself exposed to more literature about breast cancer than usual. While it’s a heavy subject and many people try to avoid it, it’s good to open up and be aware of it. By taking the disease seriously and not having the mindset that this is something that only happens to other people, you’ll be doing yourself a favor. If you’ve been putting off getting your first mammogram because you don’t have time or you’re afraid of the results, here are a few reasons why you should make an appointment today. 

#1: Mammograms are an effective tool for screening cancer

A mammography is designed to find breast cancer and lumps that we can’t feel with our hands. It’s an effective tool that has been tested and has proven to detect breast cancer in the early stages. Woman over the age of 40 should be getting yearly mammograms, or as many as recommended by their gynecologist.

Talk to your gynecologist about the best time for you to start getting breast cancer screenings. Depending on your family history and other health factors, you may need to start getting them in your thirties. Mammograms shouldn’t just be a word in you take lightly, but one that you take the time to actively think about and make an appointment for.

#2: Mammograms have advanced in technology

In the past, many women have felt uncomfortable when having a mammogram performed, and this has caused them to skip appointments and prolong getting tested. However, there have been many advancements in technology that make getting mammograms more comfortable and more accurate. So, there are less excuses for someone to miss their appointment because they aren’t comfortable or don’t think the screening is accurate.

3D mammograms can take multiple images in a matter of seconds and is done while you’re body is in a natural position. 3D mammograms are preferred by some women over the traditional method where you have your breasts compressed and then x-rayed. However, both will are effective screening tools for breast cancer.

#3: Mammograms get women involved with their health

Women are notorious for putting everyone else’s needs above their own. When we make our mammogram appointments and our routine gynecologist visits, then we are taking a proactive role in our health. This is crucial when working to prevent diseases like breast cancer. The more women get involved in having an open dialogue about their fears of this disease, and ways they can overcome and prevent it, the healthier they’ll be.

Palm Beach Obstetrics and Gynecology are devoted to the overall health of women. If you’re ready to schedule an appointment for a mammogram, or just want to make an appointment to discuss preventative methods, reach out to us today at 561-434-0111. Our offices are conveniently located in Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach. Our friendly staff always looks forward to speaking with you.

Author
Dr. Lorna Williams

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