THG Tip Tuesday
THG Tip this Tuesday is………..surprise………..get a mammogram! As Benjamin Franklin was quoted as saying, “A pound of prevention is worth an ounce of cure!” While all the research and fundraising is important, this is one huge step you can take on your own.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast. Doctors use a mammogram to look for early signs of breast cancer. Regular mammograms are the best tests doctors have to find breast cancer early, sometimes up to three years before it can be felt.”
Fortunately, considered a well- or preventative procedure, mammograms are generally fully covered by most insurance programs with no deductible or co-pay. In addition, there are many excellent facilities that specialize in mammograms like Imaging for Women and Diagnostic Imaging Center, PA and Saint Lukes North Hospital Breast and Imaging Center. Occasionally, there are sponsored, free, and mobile mammography options available. You can start by contacting your local American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 to ask about clinics in your area that are offering them free of charge. The best part is, the film is usually read on the spot so you know what the screening showed and what further steps you need to take.
- Schedule your mammogram for the weeks before you get your period, when your breasts are least sensitive or sore.
- On the day of your mammogram, don’t wear deodorant, perfume, or powder. These products can show up as white spots on the X-ray.
- Wear separates. You will need to undress from your waist up for the mammogram.
Guidelines for having a breast cancer screening is as follows: Women ages:
- 40–44 Should get a baseline breast cancer screening/mammogram
- 45–54 Should get annual mammograms
- 55+ Should get mammograms every 2 years (or can continue yearly screening)
- Depending on heredity issues, you should check with your doctor to determine when you should start your screenings and their frequency.
THG is here to remind you that it is IMPORTANT to make time for this screening. If you miss a year, just get in and get back on track. Not the most fun time, but absolutely, the best spent hour of your year!