Make time to take care of yourself and get your mammogram. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about breast health:
Q: Why should you have a mammogram?
A: Since screening mammography became widespread in the U.S., the death rate from breast cancer has decreased by 40 percent. Early detection with screening mammography significantly improves survival. Mammography can detect cancer early, before symptoms develop, when it is most treatable and can be treated less invasively.
Q: When should you start screening?
A: Women should begin screening at age 40. The risk for developing breast cancer substantially increases around age 40 and continues to increase with age, with 1 in 6 breast cancers occurring in women in their 40s. Beginning at age 40 saves the most lives and saves the most years of life. Women are far more likely to survive breast cancer if they get routine screening starting at age 40.
Q: What if you do not have a family history?
A: 75 percent of all women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history. The absence of family history should not deter routine screening. Some women are at increased risk for breast cancer based on personal or family history, and may need additional or early screening. These individual risks should be discussed with your physician.
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