Annual Mammograms a Must for Women 40 and Over
As a woman, your two biggest risk factors for getting breast cancer are being female and getting older – which make them something that no female can avoid.
Even with these inevitable risk factors, 33% of women choose not to be screened for breast cancer by getting an annual mammogram. Don’t wait for your physician to recommend a mammogram, instead be proactive about your health and discuss this important test with your physician. Plus, if you are a DMG patient, and over the age of 40, a physician referral is not required to schedule your screening mammogram.
In fact, getting a high-quality screening mammogram and having a clinical breast exam (an exam done by a health care provider) on a regular basis are the most effective ways to detect breast cancer early. At DuPage Medical Group, we recommend that women age 40 or older have a screening mammogram and clinical breast exam each year. Women who are considered high risk should talk with their health care provider about whether to have a mammogram before age 40 and how often to have them.
The truth is that breast cancer doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care about your age or how young you feel. Take the time to be proactive about your health and possibly save your life. Get your annual mammogram. While you can't eliminate your risk, you can be more informed about your health.
Listen to Dr. Dan Douglas, surgeon with DuPage Medical Group, talk about baseline mammograms as well as screening recommendations.