Mammograms: Why Early Detection Matters

Sep. 19, 2019 - Katie McCallum

All women are at risk for developing breast cancer, and this risk increases with age. Like many types of cancer, the earlier breast cancer is detected, the better the outcome. One of the best ways to catch breast cancer early is through a mammogram.

A mammogram is a breast X-ray that can detect a tumor before symptoms appear or before you can feel it. In fact, a mammogram can find breast cancer up to two years before a lump is large enough to feel.

“Having mammograms every year after age 40 improves a woman’s chance of detecting breast cancer early,” says Dr. Ana Benveniste, breast radiologist at Houston Methodist. “This is important because early detection of breast cancer often means she’s more likely to have treatment options that are much less aggressive, while still maintaining incredibly positive treatment outcomes.”

Find out why early detection matters when it comes to breast cancer, as well as when a woman should begin having mammograms, below.