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It’s Time to Re-Schedule Your Mammogram

It’s Time to Re-Schedule Your Mammogram

Did you miss or postpone a scheduled mammogram due to COVID-19? If so, let this month serve as a reminder to reschedule your breast cancer screening.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month a month dedicated to honoring the fight against breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths.  Over the last 35 years, advances in early detection and treatment have reduced the mortality rate of invasive breast cancer by almost 70%.*

If your mammogram has been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19, talk to your health care provider, especially if you have any risk factors or symptoms. As a reminder, delayed screenings are only recommended if there are no symptoms.

If you are exhibiting any concerning symptoms please contact your health care provider immediately.  Susan G Komen states that the most common warning signs of breast cancer in women are a change in the look or feel of the breast or nipple or nipple discharge.  A complete list of warning signs can be found on Susan G Komen’s website.

On our blog, we have many resources for you to explore and learn more about breast cancer and breast cancer screening.

While this year is presenting many challenges, don’t let your own healthcare slip through the cracks.

 

*Screening for breast cancer: Strategies and recommendations. Joann G Elmore, MD, MPH Mark D Aronson, MD, Sadhna R Vora, MD.  Uptodate.

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