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Robin Benson - The Importance of Mammography

Robin Benson, Mammography Supervisor, Wayne Memorial Hospital, stresses the need to have annual and diagnostic mammograms.

Q: I’m scared that a mammogram will hurt. Is having one really as important as my physician makes it out to be?

– Angela P., Goldsboro

A: While breast compression may cause brief discomfort during each x-ray, it is necessary to spread the tissue apart to allow the maximum amount of tissue to be imaged and to reduce the radiation dose.

The American Cancer Society recommends that women aged 40 and older have annual screening mammograms and clinical breast exams by a healthcare professional. A screening mammogram is used as a preventive measure for women who have no symptoms of breast disease, and it usually involves two views of each breast.

A diagnostic mammogram involves additional views of the breast from various angles. It is used when an abnormality is found during screening, or in women who have other issues in the area of the breast, such as a mass, discharge, pain, or skin irritation.

Additional methods for detection of breast cancer include routine self-examinations. Although breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women after lung cancer, the rate of deaths from breast cancer has declined in recent years. It is believed that early detection and treatment of breast cancer is the key to successful treatment and survival.

You can have your mammogram done at Wayne Memorial Hospital with little waiting and excellent service. Please call 919.731.6013 to schedule yours today!

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