We all know when it’s time to go with our dentist of EG Dental, but we do not always know when to have a mammogram, in this article we’ll talk a little about this topic and the recommendations on when to do it.
It is the most common carcinoma in the world and the leading cause of cancer mortality in women. It is a severe disease to prevent, and the possibility of cure depends on how advanced it is at the time of diagnosis. In that sense, the earlier you start with the treatment, the less aggressive it will be, and the chances of it spreading in the form of micro-metastasis will be reduced.
Early detection is elementary to achieve control of the disease. In theory, the earlier diagnosis should result in a reduction in mortality due to the illness, a reduction in the aggressiveness of the treatments (surgery, chemotherapy, etc.) and improvements in the quality of life of the affected women.
Early detection is essential to achieve control of the disease.
Most patients arrive at the diagnosis without any signs or symptoms. For this reason, it is recommended to make regular controls for its early detection. So far, mammography is the most effective method of tumor detection in the breast. With this screening, mortality from breast cancer was reduced by 20% to 30% in women aged 50 to 70 years.
Breast cancer is the most frequent tumor in women
The recent document “Effectiveness of mammographic screening in the reduction of mortality from breast cancer” prepared by the National Cancer Institute (INC) within the National Breast Cancer Control Program, under the Ministry of Health of the Nation, a survey of the available evidence regarding the screening of breast cancer with mammography and elaborated a series of recommendations about the population age range and the frequency of testing in which the benefit of the reduction of mortality due to this pathology has been demonstrated.
The recommendations of the INC are:
– In women aged 40 to 49 years with the average risk of suffering from breast cancer and asymptomatic, it is suggested not to perform mammography as screening for breast cancer. In general, the chances of conducting this study may be higher than the benefits.
– From 50 to 69 years, it is recommended to perform a biennial mammogram (every two years).
– In women aged 70 years or older, it is recommended not to perform mammography as a screening method for breast cancer, since the risks of carrying out the study could outweigh the benefits.