Mammography Plays Critical Role in Saving Lives
Posted by North Texas Cancer Center at Wise on April 28th, 2017
More than 230,000 American women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer each year. An estimated 40,000 die from this disease that is largely treatable when detected in its earliest phases. That is precisely why recent reports casting doubt on the importance of mammography are so terribly troubling to many healthcare professionals. While it is true that not every suspicious spot detected by a mammogram turns out to be cancer, thousands of lives are saved each and every year due to this simple and generally highly effective test.
At present, there are concerns that mammograms are leading to over-diagnosis of the disease and interventions that are too harsh for many cancers that are indeed found. While cases of both do exist, there are some highly compelling reasons why mammography remains a critical first line of defense against this often devastating disease. Here are just a few of them:
All women are at risk for breast cancer as they age. Routine screening through self-exams, regular checkups with healthcare providers and mammograms, when recommended, can lead to early detection and successful treatment. Women who are concerned about breast cancer should speak with their healthcare providers for information about when and how screening should take place. Should a diagnosis of breast cancer be reached, women are urged to carefully weigh their treatment options with their doctors.
North Texas Cancer Center at Wise, a division of Choice Cancer Care, is now operating as the Cancer Center at Wise Regional and is one of the most renowned cancer treatment centers in Texas.
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