Dense breast tissue has been established as a risk factor for breast cancer. The presence of dense breast tissue identified on a mammogram is a two-fold concern: simply having dense breasts increases your chance of developing breast cancer compared with women with non-dense breasts.
Life is busy, and before we know it, we have missed an important health screening. How often do you say to yourself, “I know I’m due, I’ll call and schedule it soon,” and that “soon” becomes an entire year? A lot can happen in a year,
The American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) jointly published updated breast cancer screening guidelines in June 2021 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR). The updated guidelines have a few main points.
It is important to develop a lifelong relationship with your breast imaging specialists dedicated to the early detection of breast cancer. Most women of average risk will begin having annual screening mammograms at the age of 40. Current guidelines from the Society of Breast Imaging and the American College of Radiology state that patients should continue having annual screening mammograms as long as they are in good health,
A NOTICE TO OUR PATIENTS: In recent months, our patients have been receiving texts and emails from facilities other than Elizabeth Wende Breast Care (EWBC) stating they are due for their mammogram. This has confused patients as it is not yet time for their yearly appointment.
Dr. Stamatia Destounis talks with Ally Peters from WROC Rochester on delays in breast cancer screening can make treatment harder in the future.
Services are provided through arrangements with health providers in each county, allowing screenings offered close to home. The CSP-FLR does not perform the screenings but pays for clinical breast exams and mammograms. The program also pays for follow-up diagnostic exams if there is an abnormal finding during a screening.
Starting annual screening mammograms at age 40 saves life. Despite this fact, depending on who you ask, confusing recommendations remain, with some organizations recommending delaying screening until age 50. The thing is, there is no scientific or biological reason that the age of 50 was selected as the age to begin screening.
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