According to a recent article by the American Association for Cancer Research, 16 percent of women will get called back for further testing after their first mammogram, and 10 percent will be called after subsequent mammograms. While the call-back percentage is high, only about 0.5 percent of those women will have cancer.
Of course, there is some variance in different people, who may have different risk factors, such as:
- hormonal levels
- physical activity
What is Mammography?
Mammography, also known as a mammogram, is the examination of the breast using x-rays. Mammography is considered the most effective tool for early breast tumor detection. Most medical experts agree that successful treatment of breast cancer often is linked to early diagnosis. Mammography plays a central part in early detection of breast cancers because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, getting regular mammograms has helped reduce breast cancer mortality in the United States by ⅓ since 1990. Still haven’t gotten your first mammogram?
Mammography is an important diagnostic tool that your doctor can use to detect the presence of breast cancer. While the frequency with which women should undergo mammograms varies from individual to individual, in general, it is recommended that women schedule annual mammograms beginning at age 40. If you’re getting ready to schedule your first mammogram, take a look at this brief overview of what to expect.