Breast Cancer Screenings
Breast cancer is the leading cause of death among women in the United States. Each year, more than 40-thousand women die from this disease. Early detection is the best way to treat and beat breast cancer. According the National Breast Cancer Society, an early breast cancer detection plan should include:
- Beginning at age 20: Performing breast self-exams and looking for any signs of change.
- Age 20 to 39: Scheduling clinical breast exams every two to three years. If you have a family history of breast cancer, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor at least once a year.
- By the age of 40: Having a baseline mammogram and annual clinical breast exams.
- Ages 40 and older: Having a mammogram every year.
- All Ages: Recording personal exams, mammograms and doctors'
appointments on a calendar or in a detailed file. Also, maintaining a healthy weight, following a low-fat diet, getting regular exercise, quitting smoking, and reducing alcohol consumption.
For more information about how you can obtain your annual mammogram, contact Loretto Hospital’s Mammography Department at (773) 854-5233.