October 27, 2021
Screening for breast cancer with mammography is one of the most effective ways to find breast cancer in a person before they show symptoms.
“Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women in America,” says Gail Starr, MD, diagnostic radiologist at Hackensack University Medical Center. “Early diagnosis of breast cancer is your best hope for a cure. Additionally, treatment options may be less aggressive and better tolerated when cancer is caught early, so getting regular mammograms is crucial. “
Although there is no concrete way to prevent breast cancer, annual mammograms have reduced the death rate by 40%. “Routine breast cancer screening is important for all women because it is common and most women who get breast cancer have no family history of breast cancer or other risk factors,” says Harriet Borofsky, MD, specialist in breast imaging at Bayshore Medical Center and Riverview Medical Center.
Source: American College of Radiology
“In addition to these general guidelines, women of color have the highest breast cancer death rate and are more likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage,” says Rebecca Gamss, MD, diagnostic radiologist at Hackensack. “All women should undergo a risk assessment before the age of 30, so those at higher risk can be identified, especially women of color and of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.”
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