Why Mammograms are So Important
Mammograms are extremely helpful in detecting abnormalities of the breast tissue. As women age, the likelihood of breast cancer increases proportionally. Denser breast tissue can sometimes obscure cysts and polyps, which is why a mammogram can accurately diagnose them.
Mammograms are a fast way for women to get answers to their breast health needs. Most procedures are less than 20 minutes and women are exposed to very little radiation. Mammograms can help women discover breast cancer in its early stages, helping reduce mortality rates and improve quality of life.
Important things to know about mammograms
- They can save your life. Finding breast cancer early reduces your risk of dying from the disease by 25-30% or more. Women should begin having mammograms yearly at age 40, or earlier if they’re at high risk.
- Don’t be afraid. Mammography is a fast procedure (about 20 minutes), and discomfort is minimal for most women. The procedure is safe: there’s only a very tiny amount of radiation exposure from a mammogram. To relieve the anxiety of waiting for results, go to a center that will give you results before you leave.
- Get the best quality you can. If you have dense breasts or are under age 50, try to get a digital mammogram. A digital mammogram is recorded onto a computer so that doctors can enlarge certain sections to look at them more closely.
About CDI: The Center for Diagnostic Imaging is one of Miami’s leading diagnostic facilities. CDI has locations in Aventura, North Miami Beach, and South Dade. As a premier imaging center in Miami, CDI offers CT scans in Miami, mammograms in Miami, and MRIs in Miami Beach.
For more information on or to set up an appointment with The Center for Diagnostic Imaging, call 1-800-371-0002.