Breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in North American women. A mammogram is the only screening test shown to reduce breast cancer-related mortality.
Dr. Gordon Schwartz, director of the Breast Care Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, says whether you’re 55 or 95, if you’re healthy enough to stand, you can get the mammogram, so do it every year.
There is now breakthrough technology that could revolutionize how breast cancer is detected, but some are questioning its safety.
Elizabeth Edwards, who died Tuesday from breast cancer, admitted she sometimes skipped getting a mammogram.