A screening mammography program that begins when a woman is 40 and continues on an annual basis is the most effective for reducing mortality rates, according to study published in the September 2018 issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Why? Because screening that starts earlier and is performed every year finds breast cancer in its earlier stages, which boosts a woman’s chances of beating the disease, according to the authors of the study.

Survival related to many factors

Breast cancer survival is related to many factors, but stage at diagnosis is a critical determinant, with greater survival at a lower stage at diagnosis, the study reads. There are a variety of guidelines for screening mammography.

The American College of Radiology recommends annual screening starting at age 40, while the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends biennial screening between the ages of 50 and 74. Finally, the American Cancer Society suggests a hybrid program of annual screening for women between 45 and 54, followed by biennial screening starting at age 55.

In comparing three screening program categories, the study found that an annual screening program had the lowest percentage of invasive cancers, the highest percentage of stage 0 and 1 versus total cancers, the highest percentage of stage 1 invasive cancers, and the lowest overall five-year and stage 1 to 4 mortality rates.

All we need is about 20 minutes

Six days per week, Diagnostic Imaging Services offers the convenience of outpatient screening mammography. Many women today opt for 3D mammography which has been hailed as a superior screening technique in the evaluation of breast tissue. Four DIS centers perform screening mammograms during the week and our Metairie – Veterans Memorial Boulevard Women’s & Advanced Imaging Center conducts mammograms every Saturday morning throughout the year. Further convenience.

Click here to learn more about mammography services at DIS. Then, click that green REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT BUTTON to your right and set the wheels in motion to schedule a visit for your screening.

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