If your New Year’s resolution was to prioritize your health in 2021 you should start by scheduling your mammogram. New research confirmed, once again, that mammography saves lives.
We’ve known for a long time that mammography screening catches breast cancer in its earliest stages while its still treatable.
However, there was some debate on whether mammography primarily caught small growing non-fatal cancers while failing to reduce the number of cancers diagnosed at a later stage.
Recently, new data from a Swedish study published online in Cancer, confirmed findings from an earlier study indicating that mammography reduces the rate of both advanced and fatal cancer.
The European study followed a cohort of nearly 550,000 women who were eligible for mammography screening.
The researchers found that there was a 41 % reduction in the risk of dying within 10 years of a breast cancer diagnosis and a 25% reduction in the number of advanced cases of the disease when compared to women who did not have mammography screening.
“This study shows that participation in breast cancer screening substantially reduces the risk of having a fatal breast cancer,” study co-author Stephen Duffy, of Queen Mary University of London, said in a journal news release.
If you postponed your mammogram in 2020 due to the pandemic, don’t hold off another day. At Bergen Imaging Center, we make it easy to help you keep your resolution. Call or email today (201-568-4242) and make breast cancer screening your top priority in the New Year.
Reviewed and approved by Dr. Christopher Petti on 1/14/2021