Why a Screening Mammogram is so Important

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Mammograms are safe, quick and easy.

Getting a regular mammogram can give women the precious gift of time. This noninvasive breast x-ray exam produces images that allow doctors to detect breast cancer early, which can save lives. With this procedure, cancer is often detected before a woman has symptoms.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), breast cancer screening can lower your chance of dying from the disease. Mammography Saves Lives reports that of every 1,000 women who have a mammogram, 20 require a biopsy and five are diagnosed with breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that women ages 40 to 44 start annual mammogram screening. Until they’re 54, they should have mammograms yearly and can skip to every two years when they surpass the age of 55, unless instructed to continue on a yearly schedule.

Thanks to the recognition of the importance of regular breast cancer screening, there are a wide variety of resources available to women when it comes to mammograms, from information to free or low-cost breast cancer screening options. At the Pink Plumber, we’ve compiled the following resources.

Breast Cancer Screening Reminder
In order to take advantage of the lifesaving potential of mammograms, it’s necessary to remember to get regular mammogram screenings. The American Cancer Society created a screening reminder program you can sign up for that will notify you when it’s time to talk to your doctor about getting breast cancer screening.

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) was set up by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide mammogram testing at no charge to low-income, under insured and uninsured women. The programs are generally offered through your local health clinic or nonprofit group.

YWCA ENCOREplus®
This program offers breast cancer education and screening mammograms to women in need and who lack access to breast health information and services. Contact your local YWCA at www.ywca.org for more information.

RadiologyInfo.Org
Getting a mammogram can bring up a variety of questions. RadiologyInfo.Org answers queries about breast cancer screening, including the various types of mammography, what the equipment looks like and how it is used during the procedure. The site also discusses how results are read and may be presented to you.

When you hire the Pink Plumber to handle your plumbing needs, keep in mind that a portion of every job goes to our fight against Breast Cancer. Our trained experts are here to answer any plumbing questions you may have. For service, contact the Pink Plumber today.

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