Mammograms: Why Early Detection MattersMay 31, 2022
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. And one of the best ways to catch breast cancer early is by having mammograms every year after age 40.
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.
“Early detection of breast cancer is important because it often means the person more likely to have treatment options that are much less aggressive, while still maintaining incredibly positive treatment outcomes," says Dr. Ana Benveniste, breast radiologist at Houston Methodist.