The only thing worse than finding out you have breast cancer is finding out too late. If you’re a woman, you’re at risk.
Women give plenty of reasons for not getting a mammogram: It’s too painful. My insurance won’t cover it. I’m not old enough. I don’t have time. Yet there’s one really good reason to get one: It could save your life.
“Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women, and a mammogram is the best way to detect cancer early,” says Nayana Dekhne, M.D. , director of the Comprehensive Breast Program  at Beaumont Hospitals. “The American Cancer Society  recommends that women over age 40 have a screening mammogram every year for as long as they are in good health.”
So what’s stopping you from making your appointment ?
Findings from a 2005 national research study conducted at Beaumont showed that digital mammograms are more effective in detecting breast cancer than standard film mammograms for some women. The groups benefiting the most include pre- and peri-menopausal women, younger than 50 with very dense breasts.
If you’re at high risk for breast cancer, your physician may recommend a breast MRI in addition to a screening mammogram. Not every imaging center offers breast MRI, and the American Cancer Society recommends choosing a facility that also offers MRI-guided breast biopsy to avoid having the test repeated when the biopsy is done. You can schedule an appointment for a breast MRI at Beaumont Hospitals by calling Beaumont’s Appointment Center, 800-328- 8542.
Beaumont’s high-risk breast program offers leading edge care for patients
Studies have shown that for some women at high risk, breast cancer can actually be prevented. And when prevention isn’t possible, early detection means survival rates increase up to 95 percent.
“At Beaumont, high-risk patients have the most innovative medical options available anywhere,” says Nayana Dekhne, M.D., from Beaumont’s Comprehensive Breast Care Center. “With our High Risk Breast Program , a multi-disciplinary team of highly trained and specialized physicians offers women access to the latest surgical and medical treatment, including clinical trials.”
Preventing breast cancer begins by assessing your risk. If you have certain risk factors, a detailed assessment and additional testing may be necessary, including genetic counseling or possibly a breast MRI.
For an appointment with a genetic counselor, call Beaumont’s Cancer Genetics Program , 248-551-3388. To find out more about the Beaumont High Risk Breast Program, call for a consultation: 877-447-4751.
Did You Know...?
Beaumont Hospitals provides breast screening and diagnostic services to more than 100,000 women each year, making it one of the largest screening and diagnostic programs in the nation. To make an appointment at a location convenient for you, schedule one today online , or call Beaumont’s Appointment Center, 800-328-8542.
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