Do I Really Need a Mammogram?

A listener asked me, “Do I really need to worry about a mammogram? I’m barely forty.”
Better treatments and greater awareness are helping more women beat breast cancer, and the biggest factor for success could be the mammogram.
Two studies in the last two years show that regular mammograms help reduce deaths from breast cancer by up to thirty percent. One of those studies followed women in their forties.
The American Cancer Society recommends regular mammograms as part of a breast cancer screening plan, and I would agree.
Mammograms can miss some cancers or find problems that turn out not to be cancer after further tests. Regardless, talk to your physician about when and how often to get screened for breast cancer. It’s a safe and simple way to keep abreast of your health.

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