Join us in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

You’ve heard the statistic: one in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. For women with high-risk traits, the likelihood is even greater. 

Here’s a more important stat: breast cancer has a five-year survival rate of 98 percent if detected early. That makes annual mammograms one of the most important and effective methods for preventing breast cancer complications in women.

Is it time for you to schedule a mammogram? Here are three reasons you might want to talk to your doctor.

Three Reasons Your Mammogram Can’t Wait

  1. You’re 40 or older. Most cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women ages 50 and older. Doctors typically recommend annual mammograms beginning at age 40 to reveal any signs of breast cancer in its earliest stages.
  2. You have additional risk factors. Inherited genetic mutations and a family history of breast cancer are just some of the factors that can increase your risk of developing the disease. If screenings have shown that you carry greater risk for breast cancer, talk about enrolling in a high-risk cancer program with your doctor, who may also recommend starting your mammograms sooner.
  3. You noticed something during a self-exam. Most doctors advise women to perform self-exams once a month to check for lumps and any unexplained changes in breast size or shape. While these signs do not necessarily point to cancer — non-cancerous conditions account for roughly 80 percent of all lumps — you should make an appointment with your doctor to discuss them.

Why Choose Houston Methodist?

Houston Methodist is nationally ranked for cancer with physicians and staff who provide state-of-the-art treatment and compassionate care.