Learn About Screening Guidelines
An optimal breast health routine includes:
- Breast awareness (including breast self-exam)
- Yearly physician physical exam
- Annual mammographic screening
The American Cancer Society and Hoag Breast Center recommend a baseline
breast cancer screening mammogram between the ages of 35 - 40 (earlier
for those who are considered high-risk) and routine yearly mammograms
after age 40.
Every woman should consider routine screening mammography as an important
part of her overall approach to health and wellness. Although breast cancer
is one of the most common types of cancer that occurs in women, it is
also one of the most detectable and curable thanks to early detection
resulting from routine mammography. Routine annual mammograms, called
screening mammograms, play an important role in the early detection of
breast cancer. That’s because they can show subtle changes in the
breast well before a woman or her physician can feel them.
Although mammography detects most abnormalities before they can be felt,
physical examinations may occasionally reveal a lump that doesn’t
show up on a mammogram. That’s why an annual clinical breast exam
by your physician and monthly breast self-examinations are also important
components of a woman’s preventive health plan.
Presently, while there are lifestyle options that may reduce your risk,
there is no proven method for preventing breast cancer. However, through
routine screening mammography, breast cancer can be identified at its
earliest, most curable stage. If found and treated early, while still
localized in the breast, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer
approaches 97-98 percent. In addition, when the tumor is detected early,
breast-conserving surgery is generally possible.
Hoag is committed to utilizing the latest in screening technologies and
offers a comprehensive selection of options. If you are uncertain about
which type of imaging is right for you, you’re not alone. Your physician
can help you determine which regimen is best for you.
If you have any questions or want to schedule your screening mammogram,
call 949-764-5573 or toll free at 800-309-9729.