During Breast Cancer Awareness month, each year, the 3rd Friday of October recognizes the importance of receiving regular mammograms to help with the early detection of breast cancer. It is a reminder for many Canadians to get screened, as 1 in 8 women and less than 1% of men will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime.
Screening mammograms are considered the international gold standard for detecting breast cancer early. Regular breast cancer screening can find cancer when it is small, easier to treat, and there are more treatment options. (IWK Health)
What Happens During a Mammogram?
According to the Canadian Cancer Society, mammograms are done in a clinic or screening centre by a radiology technologist who will position your breast on a special x-ray machine. Mammography pictures (mammograms) show detailed images and views of the breast taken from different angles. When you have a mammogram, the breast is placed between 2 plastic plates. The plates are then pressed together to flatten the breast. This may be uncomfortable, but it lasts only a few seconds. Compressing the breast tissue helps make the images clearer while using as little radiation as possible.
Benefits of Regular Mammograms
Most women who have a mammogram will not have breast cancer and only a small number may need more tests.
Early detection of breast cancer may mean less treatment and less time spent recovering.
Most breast cancers are harmful and should be detected and treated as early as possible.
The earlier breast cancer is detected, the better your chance of survival.
For more information, visit the Canadian Cancer Society website here.
As a way to observe #NationalMammographyDay speak to your doctor to schedule a mammogram and to discuss any changes in your health, family history, and any risk factors that may contribute to early detection.
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