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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It is important to understand that being labeled “high risk” doesn’t necessarily mean that you will develop breast cancer. However, when statistically compared to other women, your chance is higher. A typical woman’s lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is 12% (1 in 8) before consideration of additional risk factors.
Dr. Destounis talks about enlarged lymph nodes with the COVID-19 vaccine: Enlarged lymph nodes in the underarm after the COVID-19 vaccine Stamatia Destounis, MD A side effect of COVID-19 vaccination can be swollen lymph nodes in the underarm on the side where the COVID-19 vaccination was given.
Stamatia V. Destounis, MD, FACR, FSBI | Elizabeth Wende Breast Care The emergence of COVID-19 in the winter of 2020, and the subsequent shut-down in many areas of the country, led to the cancellation of many routine screening examinations, screening mammography included.