Don’t Wait to Begin Your Annual Mammogram Screenings!Published on December 1, 2015.
By William F. Muhr, Jr., M.D., D.A.B.R., CEO of South Jersey Radiology
Are you confused by recent reports that women at average risk for developing breast cancer can begin their annual mammograms at a later age? We at South Jersey Radiology Associates can clear up your confusion with two words: Don’t wait.
As the region’s leader in women’s imaging, SJRA strongly reaffirms the position of the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI), which recommend annual screening beginning at age 40.
Annual mammographic screening, beginning at age 40, is still the best preventive measure we have. Breast cancer, the most common cancer diagnosed in women in America, is most curable when caught at its earliest stage, and a mammogram is one of the most effective methods of detecting cancer, often before physical symptoms can be seen or felt.
SJRA remains committed to providing low-dose, cutting-edge technology for our patients at our nine Women’s Imaging Centers. In addition, we have have the best team of Women’s Imaging Specialists and radiologists in the Delaware Valley; they perform and interpret thousands of mammograms each year. Wouldn’t you want someone who has that kind of expertise and experience reading your study? I see the stats here; I KNOW we are saving lives.
The latest advance in breast imaging is so-called 3D mammography, which brings further clarity to the mammographic image. This can result in fewer false positive mammograms. Also, if you have dense breasts, I recommend that you discuss 3D mammography with your physician, because this technique can be very helpful in such cases. And did you know that you could have both a 3D and a 2D mammogram on the same day and still be under the dosage recommendations of the ACR?
I urge you: don’t risk your health by reducing your screenings. Early detection is still the best protection and can allow you to be a candidate for less aggressive treatment regimens.
In conclusion then, our position hasn’t changed. Stick to your schedule and get screened annually, beginning at age 40 unless you and your doctor determine that your risk factors and family history warrant earlier screening. And please, share this advice with your loved ones.
Dr. William F. Muhr is President and CEO of South Jersey Radiology Associates (SJRA) in the greater South New Jersey & Philadelphia area. SJRA offers a full spectrum of state-of-the-art imaging technologies. Dr. Muhr, an expert in Diagnostic Radiology/MRI Body, received his undergraduate degree from Lehigh University and his M.D. from Hahnemann University, completing both his internship and residency at Hahnemann University Hospital.