Importance of Mammography in Breast Cancer Detection
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which brings up the importance of breast imaging.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, some women delayed getting mammograms. As a result, doctors are seeing patients coming in with more locally advanced cancer.
According to board certified radiologist Dr. Jean Warner, Director, The Tyanna O'Brien Center for Women's Imaging at Mercy, screening mammography gives you the best chance of not dying from breast cancer and also makes you a candidate for less aggressive treatment if you were to get cancer.
"Women who are at average risk for getting breast cancer should be getting annual mammograms every year beginning at age 40," Dr. Warner said.
In addition, women should have a risk assessment by the time they turn 30 to see if they are high risk for breast cancer. If you are, you may need to start mammograms sooner.
It is especially important for Black, Hispanic and Jewish women who have a higher-than-average chance of having genetic abnormalities that predispose them to getting breast cancer.
To view Mercy radiologist Dr. Jean Warner’s interview regarding the importance of mammograms and breast imaging for the detection and treatment of breast cancer, click here.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.