With spring in full swing, you may be spending your Saturdays cleaning out your garage and scrubbing your windows. And although it’s important to have a clean house— especially now that winter is over— it’s also a great time of year to essentially spring clean your body. By getting routine testing and checkups done, you can ensure that your body is in the healthiest state possible. As a female over the age of 50, one of the best things you can have done is a mammogram.If you’ve been putting off having a mammogram, add it to your spring cleaning list. Read on to learn more about this test and why you should have it done as soon as possible.
Early Detection Is Key
A mammogram is primarily used to detect different types of breast cancer. Just as with any form of cancer, the earlier you catch it, the easier it is to treat. By getting mammograms starting at the age of 50, on average, it’s easier for us at UTMB Radiology to check for abnormalities and tumors.
It’s Not Painful
With the use of digital mammography here at UTMB Radiology, you can expect your examination to be fast, easy, and pain-free. Although many of our patients complain of discomfort as their breasts are being maneuvered during the examination, it shouldn’t cause you any pain.
When to Get a Mammogram
Starting in 2015, the Guidelines for getting a mammogram changed from the age of 40 to the age of 50. However, this guideline is only applicable to patients who don’t have a family history of breast cancer. If you have a family history of breast cancer, make sure that you start getting mammograms at the previously recommended age of 40. If you are at a moderate risk of breast cancer, then it is recommended you start getting one at 45. If, however, you detect a lump in your breast at any age, contact our office and schedule a mammogram or examination right away.
As a woman over the age of 50, one of the best things you can do for your body is to get a mammogram. And, if you are already in the process of spring cleaning your house, add this to your list. To learn more about mammograms or to schedule your examination, contact UTMB Radiology today!