Screening mammograms are those that are conducted despite the apparent lack of symptoms of breast cancer; they provide for early detection. There are many benefits of visiting your local hospital for a routine, or screening mammogram. Talk to a doctor at your hospital about when you should start getting routine mammograms. Some guidelines recommend beginning at age 40, while others recommend starting at age 50. Your needs may differ, depending on whether you have a family history of breast cancer.
Benefits of Scheduling Routine Mammograms
The primary reason why you should talk to your doctor about scheduling a routine mammogram is that this technology allows for the detection of cancerous changes in your breasts even before you experience symptoms. When breast cancer is detected and treated early, you have a better chance of survival. You’ll also have a better chance of requiring less extensive treatment and you may have greater preservation of your natural breast tissue. Additionally, treating breast cancer as early as possible may prevent it from spreading to other areas of your body.
Safety of Screening Mammograms
Some women delay going to a hospital for a routine mammogram because they have concerns about radiation exposure. Fortunately, mammography requires only very small doses of radiation. Although there is a slight risk of adverse effects such as cancer from radiation exposure, experts agree that the benefits of having routine mammograms significantly outweigh these risks. However, it is a good idea to discuss your concerns with your doctor.
Residents of St. Petersburg are encouraged to schedule routine mammograms at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Our hospital provides diagnostic services such as digital mammograms for improved accuracy and shorter wait times, and we can also help you learn how to perform a breast self-exam. To learn more, call (855) 245-8328 and be sure to ask us about our hospital’s other departments, including our hernia center, emergency room, balance center, and acute rehab center.