Your Healthy Family: When should women begin having yearly mammograms?


FAMILY… AS PART OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH… WE’RE TALKING WITH DR. JASON ALLEN, THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF THE BREAST IMAGING PROGRAM AT UCHEALTH MEMORIAL… ABOUT THE BEST PRACTICE WHEN IT COMES TO CURRENT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR WHEN WOMEN… WHEN IT COMES TO MAMMOGRAMS… DR. JASON ALLEN DO, MEDICAL DIRECTOR BREAST IMAGING PROGRAM / UCHEALTH MEMORIAL MAMMOGRAPHY IS THE ONLY PROVEN SCREENING METHOD FOR DETECTING BREAST CANCER /THERE ARE A LOT OF DIFFERENT RECOMMENDATIONS OUT THERE UNFORTUNATELY WHICH CAN BE SOME SOMEWHAT CONFUSING TO WOMEN BUT THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF RADIOLOGY AND MOST OF THE MAJOR WOMEN’S HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING THE SOCIETY OF BREAST IMAGERS RECOMMEND THAT WOMEN BEGIN ANNUAL SCREENING MAMMOGRAPHY AT AGE 40. MEDICAL HISTORY… AND FAMILY HISTORY ARE TWO FACTORS THAT CAN CHANGE THE AGE RECOMMENDATION TO START YEARLY MAMMOGRAMS AT AN EARLIER AGE. FAMILY HISTORY OR OTHER RISK FACTORS HISTORY OF RADIATION OF THE CHEST SUCH AS IF YOU’VE HAD A HISTORY OF HODGKIN’S LYMPHOMA YOU GET MANTEL RADIATION OR OTHER GENETIC RISK FACTORS CAN. PUSH THAT AGE EARLIER IF YOU HAVE A FIRST DEGREE RELATIVE FOR INSTANCE THAT WAS DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER AT THE AGE OF FORTY IS GENERALLY RECOMMENDED THAT THE WOMEN THAT HAVE THAT FIRST DEGREE RELATIVE BEGIN SCREENING ABOUT TEN YEARS BEFORE THAT FIRST DEGREE RELATIVES MOM DAD BROTHER SISTERS WAS DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER. DR. ALLEN SAYS IN SOUTHERN COLORADO… UCHEALTH MEMORIAL’SNOT ONLY OFFERS THE MOST CURRENT TECHNOLOGY WHEN IT COMES TO IMAGING… BUT ALL OF THE EXPERTS AND RESOURCES UNDER THE SAME ROOF… YOU WILL NEED IF BREAST CANCER IS DISCOVERED. “HERE AT UCHEALTH MEMORIAL, YOU SEE HEALTH WE HAVE THE MOST ADVANCED BREAST IMAGING CENTER IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF COLORADO SO WOMEN THAT COME HERE GET EXCELLENT CARE NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE EQUIPMENT THAT WE HAVE, AND THE DOCTORS THAT WORK HERE BUT BECAUSE OF THE ACCESS THEIR ABILITY TO ACCESS OUR MULTI DISCIPLINARY BREAST CANCER TEAM WHICH CONSISTS OF SUCH SPECIALIZED BREAST SURGEONS ONCOLOGISTS MEDICAL AND RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS THAT ARE ALL SPECIALIZED IN PROVIDING BREAST CARE SO ANYONE THAT COMES

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