Northeastern Health System offers Mammography Special

Northeastern Health System offers Mammography Special

In recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, Northeastern Health System is offering mammogram screenings for a flat fee of $75. The focus of this annual effort is to educate women, and those who love them, about the important benefits of early breast cancer detection. “Unfortunately, too many women fail to receive their annual mammography screenings,” said Misty Brenan, NHS mammography technologist. “In some cases, this can be attributed to a lack of education. There are still some people who do not understand the importance of mammography in early breast cancer detection.   Other women avoid the annual tests because they are afraid; scared that the test itself will hurt or afraid of receiving possible bad news.” The messages for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month are important: Early detection saves lives. Mammography screening is the single most effective method of early detection. An annual mammogram is recommended for all women over 40 years of age. Women should know how their breasts normally feel and should report any changes to their health care provider. Breast self-examinations (monthly from age 20) and clinical examinations (at least every three years from age 20 to 35, and annually from age 40 and up) should be a part of regular breast health screenings.“Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women,” said Branan. “Finding a tumor at its earliest stages and getting appropriate treatment not only provides the best chance of surviving a breast cancer diagnosis, but also provides the broadest range of effective treatment options.”Estrogen-Related Risk Factors: In addition to the inherited higher risk from a “breast cancer” gene, a number of other...