Advanced Search
Current and Breaking News for Professionals, Consumers and Media



Click here to learn how to advertise on this site and for ad rates.

Cancer Issues Author: UT Southwestern Medical Center Last Updated: Nov 29, 2012 - 7:11:02 AM



Mammograms, Self-Examinations Save Lives

By UT Southwestern Medical Center
Sep 30, 2010 - 3:06:21 PM



Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Ezine
For Email Marketing you can trust


Email this article
 Printer friendly page
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Breast cancer is expected to kill nearly 40,000 women in the U.S. this year, while another 207,000 will be diagnosed with the disease. With early detection, however, breast cancer has one of highest survival rates – nearly 90 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer will survive the disease at least five years.

The key to early detection is getting annual mammograms combined with regular self-exams of the breasts, says Dr. Phil Evans, associate vice president for imaging services at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

“We recommend regular annual mammograms beginning at age 40,” Dr. Evans says. “For high-risk groups, including women who have a first-degree relative with breast cancer or women who had chest X-rays for Hodgkin disease when they were younger, we recommend they consult with their doctor to determine if they need to start earlier.”

Women whose mothers had breast cancer by the time they were 40 years old should start with regular mammograms at age 30, Dr. Evans says.

Women who have breast implants also should get mammograms every year. Although mammograms are more difficult for these women, they are still necessary.

Experienced mammographers will know how to deal with implants. They may need to take additional views, and the image may be more difficult to read, so women with implants should look for a center with a staff experienced in dealing with implants. There is a slight risk of the implant rupturing from the pressure of a mammogram, but Dr. Evans says the life-saving benefits are worth the risk.

Visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/radiology to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in radiology. To learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services for cancer, visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/cancercenter

October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Subscribe to our FREE Ezine and receive current Health News, be eligible for discounted products/services and coupons related to your Health. We publish 24/7.
HealthNewsDigest.com

For advertising/promotion, email: [email protected] Or call toll free: 877- 634-9180


Top of Page

HealthNewsDigest.com

Cancer Issues
Latest Headlines


+ Cancer-fighting Cocktail for Advanced Cervical Cancer
+ UT Southwestern Researchers Find New Gene Mutations for Wilms Tumor
+ FDA Approves New Melanoma Drug
+ Men who are Uneducated About their Prostate Cancer Have Difficulty Making Good Treatment Choices
+ Pinpoint Gene Likely to Promote Childhood Cancers
+ Expressive Writing May Help Breast Cancer Survivors
+ Restoring Intimacy after Prostate Cancer
+ UPMC-Developed Test Increases Odds of Correct Surgery for Thyroid Cancer Patients
+ Aggressive Tumors Silence Genes that Fight Cancer
+ Cancer and Game Theory



Contact Us | Job Listings | Help | Site Map | About Us
Advertising Information | HND Press Release | Submit Information | Disclaimer

Site hosted by Sanchez Productions