BMN Blog

OCT 18
How Important is a Mammogram!

For 2017, The American Cancer Society has estimated that around 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women and 2,470 diagnosed in men, around 63,410 new cases of Carcinoma in situ(non-invasive and the earliest form of breast cancer) will be diagnosed, and approximately 40,610 cases will be fatal.

An important part of breast health is being aware and knowing how your breast normally look and feel, as well as knowing what changes to look for. Having regular screening exams is also another way to be proactive when it comes to breast health.

It is recommended by the American Cancer Society that women between the ages of 40 and 44 have the option to start yearly mammogram screenings. Women 45 to 54 should be getting yearly mammograms, and women 55 and older have the option to have one every other year or can continue to have them yearly.

Results from years of research show that women who have yearly mammograms are more likely to find breast cancer early on and are less likely to endure a mastectomy (removal of the breast) or go through chemotherapy.

If you or someone you love has not had their yearly mammogram, call Norwood Clinic Imaging at 205-250-6830 to schedule an appointment or visit

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