Wellness Matters

3 Questions Can Save Your Life

October 13, 2014

Randy Jackson, MD
By: Randy Jackson, MD, Radiologist
The Breast Center of Greensboro Imaging and Member of the Cone Health Medical Staff

There are more than 5,000 new breast cancer cases annually in North Carolina and more than 1,000 deaths. However, thanks to early detection, the number of survivors increase each year. You can be one of them by asking three simple questions:

How early should I start getting mammograms?
Women should begin going for their annual mammogram screenings at the age of 40.

And individuals with a strong family history of breast cancer may need to start getting mammograms before the age of 40.

This is extremely important for African American women, since they are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer at younger ages.

Why are mammograms so important?
Mammography remains the "gold standard" in the early detection of breast cancer.

Mammograms save lives. It is the only breast cancer screening proven to reduce mortality by 30 percent.

Where do I start?
Schedule your mammogram today at Women's Hospital or Annie Penn Hospital by calling 336-832-4174 or Alamance Regional Medical Center's Norville Breast Care Center by calling 336-538-8040.

If you need a mammogram but are uninsured and lack the financial means to pay for the screening, you may qualify for the Mammography Scholarship Fund. Women who meet the eligibility criteria can receive one mammogram screening per year.

Don't wait, schedule your mammogram today. It can save your life!


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