Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States. The good news is that regular screenings can help detect breast cancer early when most treatable. The American College of Radiology (ACR) recommends that women receive an annual mammogram starting at age 40.
This October, join Med Center Health in the fight against breast cancer and Take the Pink Pledge.
The American Cancer Society's estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2017 are:
Early stage breast cancer typically produces no symptoms. While mammography is not perfect, getting a high quality digital mammogram is currently the most effective way to detect breast cancer early while it is most treatable. On average, mammography can detect up to 90% of breast cancers in women with no symptoms.
- About 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
- About 63,410 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
- About 40,610 women will die from breast cancer.
The Medical Center at Albany is proud to offer the latest advancement in breast health, digital mammography, right here close to home. We have also adopted, as our standard of care, the MammoPad, and have been recognized as a Pink Ribbon Facility for exceptional breast care.
Until there is a cure, early detection is your best protection.
Call us for an appointment at 606-387-6421.