By Dr. Lisa Sheppard, MD
Breast cancer affects more than 240,000 women each year, and results in about 30,000 deaths. Age 40 years is the upper limit at which routine screening should begin. Why? Invasive, estrogen-receptor breast cancers (i.e. forms that are highly treatable, and need treatment) are rising in women in their thirties and forties in North America, based on recent National Cancer Institiue data. A figure in the American Cancer Society analysis shows that women diagnosed before 45 years account for over 25% of person-years of life lost due to breast cancer. Women in their forties have the most to gain by good-quality screening.
Not that it’s a contest, but given all the controversy around this topic, I’ll restate that breast cancer is the number 1 malignant cause of death in women between the ages of 35 and 60, and a leading cause of death of women in their thirties, forties and fifties, overall. It is a serious condition,worth detecting early. We have come a long way in regards to the five year survival rate for breast cancer.
The current five-year survival rate in the United States is 90 percent, compared to 75 percent back in the 1970s. This is a result of early screening and early detection. The most important screening tool is a mammogram, which is 90 percent effective at diagnosing breast cancer early. At this time screening mammograms are fully covered by insurance.
Come get your mammogram today at PINK Breast Center. We have 2 NJ Women’s Diagnostic Imaging Centers:
Paterson: 680 Broadway suite 111, 07514 Phone number: 973-977-6662
Flemington: 3 Walter E Foran Blvd, Suite 312, 08822, Phone number: 908-284-2300