With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s important to talk with your doctor about scheduling your mammogram. Friday October 18, 2019 has been designated National Mammography Day. I had mine done on Wednesday at the Eisenhower Schnitzer/Novak Breast Center in Rancho Mirage~in and out in less than 30 minutes!
If you are uninsured and live in the Coachella Valley, contact the Desert Cancer Foundation’s Susan Jackson Breast Cancer Fund Program. You may be eligible for a free or low cost mammogram.
According to the Mayo Clinic:
Not all organizations agree on breast cancer screening guidelines, but most emphasize meeting with your doctor to review the risks, limitations and benefits of mammograms in order to determine what’s right for your particular situation.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force mammogram guidelines recommend women begin screening at age 50 and the American Cancer Society recommends women begin screening at age 45. But both of these organizations acknowledge that beginning screening at 40 may make sense for some women after considering the benefits and limitations of the test.
Mayo Clinic supports screening beginning at age 40 because screening mammograms can detect breast abnormalities early in women in their 40s. Findings from randomized trials of women in their 40s and 50s have demonstrated that screening mammograms decrease breast cancer deaths by 15 to 29 percent.