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The Importance of Breast Cancer Screening

The Importance of Breast Cancer Screening

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women worldwide. In 2020, there were about 2.3 million women diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 685,000 deaths worldwide. Breast cancer accounts for nearly 30 percent of new cancer cases in women in the U.S.

Early detection of breast cancer can significantly improve treatment outcomes and survival rates, making regular screenings an essential practice for women's health.

The Importance of Regular Screening

Screening refers to tests and exams used to find a disease in people who do not have any symptoms. In the case of breast cancer, regular screening can help detect the disease at an early stage, when it is most treatable.

Here's why regular screening is crucial:

Early Detection

Breast cancer screening tools, such as mammograms, can identify cancer before it causes any symptoms. Detecting cancer early often allows for more treatment options.

Improved Survival Rates

Studies have shown that breast cancer screening can reduce the risk of dying from the disease. According to the National Institute of Health, women who get regularly screened have a 5-year survival rate of 96 percent.

Peace of Mind

Regular screenings can provide reassurance. If your screening results are normal, it can offer peace of mind. If something is found, you can take immediate action.

When Should You Start Getting Screened?

The right time to start breast cancer screening can depend on your risk factors. The American Cancer Society recommends women aged 45 to 54 have annual mammograms. However, if you have a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors, your doctor may advise starting at the aged of 40.

It's also important to know how your breasts normally look and feel. You should perform breast self-exams at least once a month to detect any changes or cause for concern. If you notice a change or feel something that causes you concern, report it to your physician right away.

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Primary and Specialty Care in Ohio

Regular breast cancer screenings are a powerful tool in the fight against breast cancer. At Southwest General Health Center, we have primary and specialty care physicians who are committed to providing patients with high-quality medical care. Additionally, Southwest General’s Breast Center provides comprehensive services for the prevention and diagnosis of breast cancer. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, visit our website at