Early Detection Of Breast Cancer Saves Lives Essay

1017 Words Mar 7th, 2015 null Page
Women can flick on the TV, look at the news stand, or be flipping through the local newspaper and once again see or hear another article on if having a mammogram at 40 is either good for you or whether you shouldn’t have a mammogram. The controversy of having a mammogram at 40 has raged for over 30 years. I have been in the mammography profession for over 11 years and I have seen that early detection of breast cancer saves lives; therefore it is beneficial for women to start their mammograms at 40. Women today are truly confused with all the different studies and recommendations that emerge either through the news on TV, US Preventative Task Force, or in a popular magazines. Constantly mammographers and physicians get the question asked, who should have a mammogram? The American Cancer Society, which was founded in 1913 to raise awareness about cancer, has recommended any woman 40 and over to get regular mammogram screenings. A mammogram screening consists of an x-ray picture of the breast. Screening means x-rays of the breast to check for cancer in women who have had no symptoms or signs. There is a big difference between screening and diagnostic. A diagnostic mammogram is when a women, physician, or mammogram has found a lump or other signs and symptoms of possible breast cancer. Next step would be a diagnostic mammogram not a screening. The cancer.org research has shown that in 1,000 screening mammograms only 100 women are recalled for additional evaluation.…

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