October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month—and a great time to talk about what makes an annual mammogram so important. Here are 5 great reasons to schedule your mammogram today:
1. It could save your life.
A mammogram, the most trusted breast cancer screening tool, helps physicians to diagnose breast cancer in the earliest and most treatable stages. When breast cancer is caught and treated early, the 5-year survival rate is over 90%.
2. Breast cancer can’t always be felt.
Breast cancer doesn’t always cause symptoms, especially in the early stages. However, mammograms can detect tumors that are too small to be felt from outside the breast.
3. It’s not as uncomfortable as you think it will be.
Compressing the breasts during a mammogram is necessary to get a better view of as much breast tissue as possible. Discomfort can be minimized by getting your mammogram during the first two weeks after your period, when your breasts are less tender. You could also take an anti-inflammatory pain reliever about an hour before your exam.
4. It only takes about 30 minutes.
Your health is important. Don’t let your busy schedule keep you from scheduling important screening exams. Your annual mammogram at Association of Alexandria Radiologists only takes about 30 minutes.
5. You had a mammogram last year.
You should receive a mammogram every year. Even if you’ve received normal mammograms in the past, it’s important to get a new mammogram each year. Prior mammogram images are very helpful in identifying specific changes over time, and understanding each woman’s unique anatomy.
Get Your Mammogram at Association of Alexandria Radiologists
The Association of Alexandria Radiologists makes it easy to get your mammogram with multiple locations throughout Alexandria, Woodbridge, and Lorton. To schedule your appointment, please call 703-824-3260.