LiveWell Minute: Mammograms

Having a mammogram is the single best way to detect breast cancer early, and has been shown to reduce breast cancer deaths.  That's because not only is breast cancer the most common cancer in women, but it is the most common cause of death in women between the ages of 40 to 55.

For this reason women over the age of 40 should have yearly mammography.  A simple mammogram can detect cancers early on, while they're small and easy to treat.

Dr. Andrew Nish, Medical Director, John Stoddard Cancer Center says, "When breast cancers are discovered at this early stage, the five-year survival rate approaches 96%."

If a woman notices any changes in her breasts, such as a lump or swelling, redness or scaliness of the breast skin, dimpling of the breast skin or bloody nipple discharge, she should contact her physician right away.

If any of these signs are present, your physician can determine the best course of action.