"Everyone agrees that mammography saves lives", said Dr. Bethany Niell, section chief of breast imaging at Moffitt Cancer Center. However, since the most positive outcomes come from catching the cancer early, all women above age 40 are encouraged to have an annual mammogram.
"Everyone seems to know someone that has been affected by breast cancer", she added. Statistics show that one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, and about 40,920 women in the US are expected to die in 2018 from the disease, according to Breastcancer.org. Women at high risk for breast cancer need to begin screening sooner, sometimes as early as 25, and may need to be screened a few times a year.
American Cancer Society estimates that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer.
"Our main goal is to eliminate barriers to care and assist patients in obtaining the proper resources they need for their care", Aispuro said. "Often, when you're going through cancer, as you can imagine, you have some good days, and you have some days where you're up, down". Furthermore, early detection allows for an array of treatment options, minimal surgery, and a better chance for survival with no further breast cancer disease.
About 200 new breast cancer patients are referred to the center annually, according to Aispuro. Approximately over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are still alive in the U.S today.
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Women 40 or older are also recommended to schedule a yearly mammogram, she said, and urged everyone to not ignore things they feel are different with their body.
Stop smoking: Women who smoked for 10 years or more were at least 16 percent more susceptible to developing breast cancer compared to women who did not smoke. This includes those with dense breasts as well as those with specific genetic risks.
Unfortunately, MRI's are too expensive for routine screening so the study authors suggest talking to your doctor if you are a high-risk candidate. Ultrasound may be used to determine whether a new breast lump is a solid mass or a fluid-filled cyst. Aside from groundbreaking medical research, Komen also provides vital support services directly to women and their families dealing with breast cancer. They ask a range of questions, such as age, race, ethnic background, age of menstruation onset, number of pregnancies, history of breast disease and first-degree female relatives with breast or ovarian cancer.
St. John's hospitals offer the latest in breast imaging technology, breast tomosynthesis.