Some things are meant to be frightening but are really quite harmless, like the neighborhood children dressing up as ghosts and goblins while they go trick or treating. And other things may seem scary, but actually aren’t – like getting a mammogram.
In recognition of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake is encouraging women to focus on their breast health by having a mammogram. The hospital’s Women’s Imaging Center offers digital screening mammograms without a referral from a primary care physician for women age 40 and over. The Center, which is one of only two certified Softer Mammogram Providers in Dallas, uses the MammoPad, a soft foam cushion that decreases overall discomfort and is designed to provide a softer, more comfortable mammogram.
“We urge all women to consider an annual screening mammogram,” says Elizabeth Palacios, M.D., internal medicine physician on the medical staff at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake. “Early detection of breast cancer using screening mammography allows for earlier treatment – maybe even before the disease has spread – and may lead to higher chances of survival and better overall prognosis.”
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among American women, except for skin cancer. Approximately one woman in eight has a chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time during her life. Overall, while Caucasian women are have a slightly higher chance of developing breast cancer, African American women are more likely to die of this cancer. However, the disease is more common in African-American women under 45 years of age. There is no guaranteed way to prevent breast cancer, which makes earlier detection through regular mammograms very important. The ACS recommends that women over 40 have a mammogram once a year. Women ages 50 to 74 should have one every two years, as recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
The Women’s Imaging Center at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake is conveniently open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. To schedule a screening mammogram, call 214-324-6220.
To learn more about how to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer, visit the free online health library on the Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake website at DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/BreastCancer.