NEW HAVEN Conn. (WTNH) — Breast cancer awareness is something all woman and men need to be knowledgeable about.
Dr. Alex Merkulov from UConn Health stopped by our station to talk about the important decisions when it comes to breast cancer screening. Mammography has helped reduce breast cancer mortality in the U.S. by nearly 40% since 1990.
A mammogram is a specific type of breast exam used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women. This quick medical exam uses a noninvasive X-ray targeted to each breast, producing pictures that your doctor can use to identify and treat any abnormal areas, possibly indicating the presence of cancer.
Annual mammograms can detect cancer early — when it is most treatable. In fact, mammograms show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. Mammograms can also prevent the need for extensive treatment for advanced cancers and improve chances of breast conservation. Current guidelines from the American College of Radiology, the American Cancer Society, and the Society for Breast Imaging recommend that women receive annual mammograms starting at age 40 — even if they have no symptoms or family history of breast cancer.
To learn more about what Dr. Merkulov said about mammograms just watch the video above.