October is Breast Cancer Awareness month

MONTGOMERY, AL - With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Montgomery Breast Center is reminding women about the importance of scheduling an annual screening mammogram.

"An annual screening mammogram should be a fundamental part of every woman's overall health program," said Manager of Breast Imaging Tina Hodge. "It's even more important than a yearly physical or a regularly scheduled dental checkup."

Hodge emphasized that the mammogram procedure is quick and easy, and having it performed each year is one of the surest ways to identify breast cancer. "Not counting non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer that affects women," she said. "In order to detect it in its early stages, especially after age 40, a yearly mammogram is crucial."

Hodge added that mammography and clinical breast examination by a breast imaging specialist are far more sensitive than breast self-exams (BSEs) for finding small cancers. Regular mammograms can identify cancerous tissue up to three years before it can be felt.

"Women don't have to wait or wonder," Hodge said. "They need to go ahead and schedule that mammogram. By coming to Montgomery Breast Center, not only do we have the advanced digital technology to find problems early, but we also offer patients same-day test results in most cases."

Women can schedule an annual screening mammogram by calling Montgomery Breast Center at (334) 387-1120.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Montgomery Breast Center