Q & A: Breast Cancer Screening
According to Breastcancer.org, one out of eight women in the Rose City may develop an invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women after skin cancer, but if found and treated in early stages, there is hope for remission.
Here are some helpful answers from our Quality Management Committee to frequently asked questions about breast cancer screening:
When should I start having mammograms, and how often should I have them?
Here are the age-based guidelines recommended by The Portland Clinic to help you decide when and how often to be screened for breast cancer:
Ages 40-49: It is recommended that you start regular mammogram screening between these ages.
Ages 50-74: We recommend that you have a mammogram every 1-2 years between 50 and 74.
Age 75+: Whether to continue getting regular mammograms after age 75 is an individual choice that depends on your overall health, your individual risk of breast cancer and your personal preferences.
What do I need to know to help me decide?
Make sure you understand your family history of breast cancer and other factors that could increase your risk.
Talk to your doctor about the benefits and potential harms of screening mammography, and weigh these pros and cons as you consider your decision.
Should I wait until my next screening to bring up any problems?
If you experience any breast problems or changes, don't wait for your next screening exam to bring it up; contact your health-care provider right away.
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