Every October is Breast Cancer awareness month. It is an important reminder to make women aware of having their annual check up and mammogram. In 2015 an estimated 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the United States according to BreastCancer.org. The next number is even more daunting because 40,290 women in the U.S are expected to die in 2015 from breast cancer.
Due to early detection and treatment advances there has been a decrease in women under 50 being diagnosed with cancer. Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. In 2015 it is estimated that approximately 30% of newly diagnosed cancers in women will be breast cancer.
Early detection is a women’s best defense mechanism in combating breast cancer. Having a yearly mammogram is one way to help you check for early detection. According to WebMD, 3D mammograms used along with digital mammograms bump up breast cancer detection by more than 40 percent. 3D mammograms also decreased down on callbacks to clients. It is important to note that 3D mammography is not covered by insurance (it typically costs $50.00 – $100.00) and does expose women to more radiation.
Because of the radiation in a mammogram some people may opt for thermography, which uses a highly sensitive infrared camera to map the body’s temperature. To this date thermography is not recommended as a replacement for mammography and is not covered by insurance. There is zero radiation with thermography and it is non-invasive. With thermography it checks for subtle variations in blood vessel activity so the interpreting doctors detect thermal heat patterns that can show a pre-disease state.
Always do your own research and check in with your physician for additional input so you know which or if both tests are right for you. The main thing is for you to be proactive and each year to schedule your yearly gynecologist exam and decide on which test is right for you.
Join Metro Hypnosis Center in the 2nd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Challenge. All you need to do is ask one women over 40 if they have had a mammogram or to schedule their annual check up. It’s that simple and if we work together we can help detect breast cancer early on and maybe even save a life!