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Screening mammograms have reduced the number of Cancer related deaths | Dr Suvarna

published on: 07th october, 2019

Breast cancer

Statistics state that one in every 8 women with developed invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. However, with the availability of advanced screening protocols and treatment options, cancer related deaths have significantly reduced.
 
Screening mammograms have reduced the number of Cancer related deaths by almost 40% since 1980s. Mammograms detect breast cancers at earlier stage even when they cannot be felt by palpation. Because of early detection, less aggressive surgery or chemotherapy is needed for adequate treatment of the cancer.
 
It is recommended to have screening mammogram once every year for the women above the age of 40. The advantages of having annual mammogram significantly outweigh the risk due to radiation.
 
The risk of developing breast cancer significantly increases with age. The risk of developing breast cancer in women from 40-45 years this double that of the risk in 34-39 years of age group.
More than 75% of women in the 40-49 age group have no family history.
Certain factors include the risk of developing breast cancer such as family history, early menarche, late menopause, nulligravida, having kids after the age of 35, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, use of hormonal replacement therapy.
 
The factors which reduce the risk of developing breast cancer are breastfeeding, multigravida, menopause before the age of 50. You can just reduce the risk for developing breast cancer by leading anactive lifestyle, limit alcohol, quit smoking and limit the duration of hormonal therapy.
It is important to raise awareness about the screening for breast cancer. Mammograms save lives. Spread the word and make a positive impact in the lives of your beloved ones.

About the Author

Dr Suvarna Dhake

Specialist - Radiologist

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