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Why Mammograms Are Important

Last updated 2 years ago

Routine breast care is a crucial component in women’s health, especially if you are over 50. Mammograms are an essential part of this care, and have helped to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of women since their inception. Mammograms themselves cannot prevent you developing breast cancer, but they can help to catch it early enough that treatments can be effective.

Improve Your Survival Chances

Many forms of breast cancer are extremely aggressive and spread at an alarming rate. They can go from a tiny mass to a tremendous tumor in just a few weeks. In some instances, cancer that could have been eliminated had it been detected in its early stages can no longer be treated when it develops to the point of producing symptoms. Early detection can reduce your chances of dying from the disease by as much as 35 percent.

Give Yourself More, Less Invasive Options

The larger breast cancer becomes, the more limited your treatment options are. Treatment also tends to be extremely aggressive and invasive once breast cancer develops to a certain point. Early detection with mammography breast care can save you from having to endure a double mastectomy or heavy doses of radiation or chemotherapy.

Take Ownership of Your Breast Health

Having your regular mammogram, in addition to performing monthly self-breast exams, allows you to take a leadership role when it comes to your health. You’ll be more in tune with your body and, as a consequence, be more apt to notice subtle changes when they occur. You’ll also feel good knowing that you’ve taken every possible step to improve your chances of surviving in the unfortunate event that you do develop breast cancer.

At Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, we provide breast care to women in the Sarasota, Venice, Bradenton, and surrounding areas. Our Consult-A-Nurse hotline provides access to a number of invaluable resources from skilled nurses, including more education about breast cancer and early detection. Visit us online for more information about the hospital and its services, or call (888) 685-1596 to speak with a nurse about your questions.

 

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