Your Annual Mammogram is Still Important
By Christine Walsh, radiologist and lead breast specialist for Genesis Health System and Radiology Group
October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month are once again upon us. Typically, we are hosting many breast cancer awareness events and support walks, but like everything else this year, it looks a little different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What has not changed is the importance of your annual mammogram.
Early Detection is Key
Mammograms are important for every woman, age 40 and older. The goal of mammography is to find breast cancer before the patient notices it – before they feel a lump or have any symptoms from it – and to find the cancer as small and as treatable as possible. We know that when we find cancers smaller, they are almost always curable. If we are going to find a cancer, we want to find it as small and in as early stage as possible so that the treatment is much easier for the patient and the outcome is much better.
Why You Need Your Mammogram Every Year
The benefit of getting mammograms regularly is to detect subtle changes from year to year. By seeing subtle changes, we can find cancers earlier. Getting annual mammograms is critical for the best outcome and is proven to save lives from breast cancer.
What Genesis Is Doing to Provide a Safe Environment for Your Screening Mammogram
While women know the importance of having their mammograms, many are also concerned about medical visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Genesis is doing everything possible to make your screening exams safe and comfortable. The nurses, technologists, and doctors are all aware and sensitive to providing safe, quality care to our community. Click here to learn more about the specific steps we are taking to ensure safe care during the pandemic. Remember, you do not need to visit your doctor prior to your mammogram. You can schedule your appointment without an order. We will send your results directly to your doctor’s office. For quick, easy scheduling, call 563-421-XRAY (9729) or click here.