October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to not only raise awareness but to also
encourage proactive steps in the fight against breast cancer. One crucial step that every woman
should prioritize is getting a mammogram. As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted regular
healthcare routines, many women may have delayed these important tests. That’s why its more
important than ever for women to schedule annual mammograms.
Why Mammograms Matter
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting women globally. Early detection
through mammograms can significantly increase survival rates and reduce the severity of
treatment. Mammograms can identify breast cancer at its earliest stages, often before any
noticeable symptoms develop.
The Impact of COVID-19 on Mammograms
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted our lives in many ways, including healthcare routines. With
concerns about virus transmission, many women postponed their regular health check-ups,
including mammograms. As a result, there was a backlog of appointments. Now is a great time
to schedule that delayed mammogram because patient volumes have returned to normal.
Guidelines for Mammograms
Mammogram guidelines vary based on age and risk factors. Here are some general guidelines
to help you determine when you should get a mammogram:
~ Age 40-49: Women in this age group should consider starting regular mammograms
based on their individual risk factors. It’s a good idea to discuss this with your healthcare
~ Age 50-74: Women in this age group should have a mammogram every two years.
However, some guidelines recommend annual mammograms. Again, consult with your
healthcare provider to determine the best schedule for you.
~ Age 75+: For women aged 75 and older, the decision to continue mammograms should
be based on individual health and life expectancy. Speak with your healthcare provider
to make an informed choice.
~ High Risk: If you have a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors, your
healthcare provider may recommend earlier and more frequent mammograms.
Why Act Now?
Breast cancer is most treatable when detected early. Delaying your mammogram can mean the
difference between a less invasive treatment and more aggressive therapies. By scheduling
your mammogram during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, you not only prioritize your health
but also contribute to the collective effort to raise awareness and reduce the impact of breast
How to Schedule Your Mammogram
Contact Your Healthcare Provider: Start by reaching out to your healthcare provider or
gynecologist. If you need a doctor, the Huntsville Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic team is here
to help. Just call (936) 247-4920 to schedule an appointment in our Women’s Health Clinic.
Know Your History: Inform your healthcare provider of your family history and any breast
health concerns you may have. This information helps determine the appropriate screening
plan for you.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month serves as a vital reminder of the importance of early detection
and prevention. Don’t continue to delay your mammogram. By taking action now, you’re not
only safeguarding your health but also participating in the fight against breast cancer. Be
proactive, schedule your mammogram, and encourage the women in your life to do the same.
Together, we can make a difference in the battle against breast cancer.