Have you talked with your doctor about annual mammograms? Are you in the category for women who should schedule annual breast cancer screenings?
This October, the Atlanta Falcons have teamed up with the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University and Emory Healthcare, the official team healthcare provider of the Falcons, to encourage annual breast cancer screenings through the "Crucial Catch" campaign.
Routine cancer screenings and getting expert treatment in the early stages are the most reliable strategies to prevent deaths from breast cancer. Breast cancer is sometimes found after symptoms appear, but many women with breast cancer have no symptoms. The benefit of screening mammograms is finding cancer early when it’s small and has not spread, which makes it easier to treat.
The Emory Breast Imaging Center recommends:
- Annual mammograms for all women beginning at age 40
- A risk assessment by age 30 to see if you are at an increased risk for breast cancer—particularly Black and Jewish women and those with a strong family history. For some women, screening before age 40 might be beneficial.