Healthy Words to Live By | 2020 & The Importance of Mammogram Screening | Mina Shenouda, MD, Oncologist & Hematologist Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pleasant Valley Hospital | Comprehensive Breast Health Center

2020 has been a year unlike any other.

Priorities have shifted. Schedules have changed. But one thing that is still important is your HEALTH.

Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths for women in the United States. The good news is, if it’s detected early enough, it’s also one of the most treatable forms of cancer.

Why is it so important to not delay screening for breast cancer?

Plain and simple, mammograms save lives. Although breast cancer risk is generally very low in women under 40, the risk that a woman might develop breast cancer in 1 year increases with age. 1 out of 8 women in the US will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. The risk of death from breast cancer can be lessened if breast cancer is detected early with a screening mammogram.

Mammograms use a low-dose of radiation to take x-ray images of the breast to detect cancer, often even in the early stages before women experience symptoms. The earlier breast cancer is detected the better, because this is when it is most treatable. Early detection may prevent the need for extensive treatment for advanced cancers or may decrease the need for a mastectomy.

Risk factors that may contribute to developing breast cancer:

  • Your family’s breast cancer history and/or inherited mutated BRCA gene
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Being overweight
  • Certain hormone replacement therapies
  • Having breast cancer previously
  • Prior treatment with radiation therapy
  • Having dense breasts

Pay attention to your breasts. Any abnormal bumps should be brought to your provider’s attention. Review with your provider any risk factors for breast cancer development and when it would be appropriate to start screening with mammography.

During the month of October, screening mammograms are only $100 for those who are not covered by insurance.

Schedule your annual mammogram today at Pleasant Valley Hospital’s Comprehensive Breast Health Center by calling 304.675.6257.

Things may have changed this year, but being proactive in your health is still vitally important.

PVH Comprehensive Breast Health Center