5 Advantages of Digital Mammograms
About 12 percent of all women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime, according to non-profit Breastcancer.org. This sounds scary. However, by undergoing routine mammogram screenings, you can detect breast cancer early. Plus, you can seek treatments that can help improve your rate of survival. The experts at Women’s Care ask women to do more to safeguard their health with screenings and prevention by using the best mammograms available. Learn more about the benefits of digital mammograms and how you can schedule one today.
When to get digital mammograms
The American Cancer Society recommends that women between the ages of 45 and 54 get mammograms every year. In addition, women aged 55 and up can get mammograms less frequently — every two years if desired. When they feel ready, women between the ages of 40 and 44 can start getting annual mammograms. In some cases, your gynecologist may recommend you begin mammograms earlier than 40. This depends on your health status and any existing risk factors you may have.
Digital mammogram technology
Mammogram technology evolved to offer breast cancer patients the best possible outcome. With digital mammograms, providers store digital images of your breasts on a computer rather than on film or an x-ray print. High-quality breast cancer screenings effectively detect breast cancer. However, digital mammograms offer the following five benefits:
- Radiologists can zoom in to locate and examine abnormalities more clearly and efficiently.
- Staff update images constantly during screenings to carefully evaluate image quality and abnormalities.
- This type of digital technology allows for fewer test re-takes and follow-up screenings.
- Digital mammograms can better identify abnormalities in denser breast tissue, especially in women under the age of 50.
- Digital files can be sent electronically to other physicians and specialists for optimal communication, care and support between providers.
We recommend every woman to get their breasts screened before any symptoms developed. Doctors can treat cancer better when discovered in the early stages. Much of the time these early cases have better chances for survival. Millions of breast cancer survivors exist today. We can thank early detection and improvements in testing and treatment for that.
Women’s Care offers advanced digital screening mammograms, as well as the ease and convenience of having your mammogram screening done in-office. Our physicians and mammographers have direct access to radiologists to ensure results are rapidly reported to you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, and to learn more about our women’s health services.