Early breast cancer detection saves lives — schedule a 3D mammogram
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer for women. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, nearly 300,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Although death contributed to breast cancer has declined, it is still the second highest cancer death among women.
At McLaren Lapeer Region, we want to remind our community that early detection saves lives.
Mammograms can help find breast cancer early, when treatments are more likely to be successful. For women with an average risk of breast cancer, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN) recommends an annual mammogram for women age 40 and older.
However, if you have a family history of breast cancer, it is important to talk to your primary care physician to see if you need to be screened sooner.
McLaren Lapeer Region is proud to offer excellence in breast imaging with 3D mammography. This technology enables our radiologists to view tissue images one millimeter at a time, offering significantly better clarity than ever before. 3D mammography allows our team to detect breast cancer at an earlier more treatable stage, and also reduces false-positive recall rates so you can avoid the anxiety of being called for follow-up mammograms.
What are the risk factors for breast cancer?
- Being a woman – Although men can have breast cancer, this disease is about 100 times more common in women than in men.
- Getting older – As you age, the risk for breast cancer increases.
- Certain inherited genes – About 5%-10% of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary.
- Dense breast tissue, relative to fatty tissue; early menstruation before age 12; and reaching menopause after age 55 also contribute to the development of breast cancer.
Proven risk factors aside, a significant way to reduce the incidence of breast cancer is to lead a life of overall health and wellness.
Maintaining a healthy weight through a balanced diet of whole foods, limiting daily alcohol intake to 6 ounces of wine, or 1 ounce of liquor for women, and participating in a daily exercise routine all help.
This, coupled with self-exams and yearly mammograms, will work toward reducing the rates of breast cancer cases and breast cancer deaths.
To make an appointment for a mammography, call (810) 667-5990. For details about breast health services offered near you, visit mclaren.org/lapeerimaging.