Mammograms: Powerful Breast Cancer

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{text:bookmark-start} Mammograms {text:bookmark-end} Mammograms are important to have because it not only affects women over 40, but it affects young and men also. A mammogram (also called a mammography exam) is a safe, low-dose x-ray of the breast. A high-quality mammogram is the most effective tool for detecting breast cancer early. Early detection of breast cancer may allow more treatment options. It could even mean saving your breast or your life. Mammograms are probably the most important tool doctors have to help them diagnose, evaluate, and follow women who've had breast cancer. Mammograms don't prevent breast cancer, but they can save lives by finding breast cancer as early as possible. There are four important things to know …show more content…

Breast cancer is 100 times more common in women than in men. Most cases of breast cancer are detected in men between the ages of 60 and 70, although the condition can develop in men of any age. {text:bookmark-start} (Lee, 2007) {text:bookmark-end} Each year, 182,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 43,300 die. One woman in eight either has or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. In addition, 1,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 400 will die this year. If detected early, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer exceeds 95%. Mammograms are among the best early detection methods, yet 13 million U.S. women 40 years of age or older have never had a mammogram. {text:bookmark-start} (The Breast Cancer Site, 2000-2007) {text:bookmark-end} References {text:bookmark-start} Breast Cancer (2007). What Mammograms Show. Mammograms, , . Retrieved October 6, 2007, from {text:bookmark-end} {text:bookmark-start} Lee, D. (2007). What is male breast cancer?. Retrieved October 6, 2007, from {text:bookmark-end} {text:bookmark-start} The Breast Cancer Site (2000-2007). Early detections, do you know the facts?. Retrieved October 6, 2007, from {text:bookmark-end} {text:bookmark-start} Weiss, M.D. (2007). Mammograms. Retrieved October 6, 2007, from


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