According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her life. Half of all women diagnosed with cervical cancer are between the ages of 35 and 55. Every woman is at risk of developing cancer. These statistics prove why your health plan should include routine visits to your physicians for regular checkups and follow-ups.
The Reid Breast Center offers area women the very latest screening technology. Found in only eight percent of mammography facilities in the United States, digital mammograms provide you with faster results and the ability to zoom in or sharpen specific areas for a more detailed look. Digital mammograms have also been proven to be significantly better than film-screen technology in detecting cancers in women younger than 50 and in those with dense breast tissue.
Since the data is stored directly in the computer, it can be easily transmitted for further evaluation. Your doctors can easily share your images and consult with other physicians, and it's less likely that you'll have to come back for a second test.
The American Cancer Society recommends the following Breast Exam guidelines:
- Self-breast exams should be done monthly starting at age 20.
- A clinical breast exam by a physician should be done every three years for women in their 20s and 30s. Women age 40 and above should have a yearly mammogram.
- Women with a family history or increased risk for breast cancer should discuss this with their doctor and develop a follow-up routine for continued care.
Reid Hospital uses the following guidelines (established by the American Cancer Society) for cervical and uterine cancer screenings.
- Screening should begin three years after their first vaginal intercourse, but no later than 21 years of age.
- A 30-year-old woman who has had three normal Pap test results may be screened every 2-3 years.
- Women with certain risk factors, abnormalities or concerns should be screened yearly.
- Screening should be performed every year with the regular Pap test.
Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer
- Anyone with abnormal bleeding or spotting should notify their physician and discuss the plan of care.
- All women need to be informed of the risk for uterine cancer and have discussions with their physician regarding their plan of care.
Don't forget your annual mammogram! Schedule one today by calling (765) 983-3358. For more information on our Cancer Care Program, please contact Kelly Witter RN, MSN, Director of Oncology or call (765) 983-3455.