October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Annual mammograms can detect cancer early - when it is most treatable. In fact, mammograms show changes in the breast up to TWO years before a patient or clinician can detect a abnormality. If Breast Cancer is found at an early stage, there is a greater chance of successful treatment.
The American Cancer Society recommends that women receive annual mammograms starting at Age 40 - even if they have no symptoms or family history of Breast Cancer.
Did you know that 9 out of 10 women diagnosed with Breast Cancer feel no symptoms or have a family history of the disease?
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation recommends a 3 step approach to Breast Cancer Screening:
- Annual mammograms beginning at Age 40
- Clinical breast exam at least every 3 years beginning at age 20, and annually from Age 40
- Monthly breast self exam beginning by Age 20
Schogel and Fardo Family Medicine has joined together with Allegheny Imaging of McCandless on McKnight Road to offer patients a more convenient way to complete your mammogram exam. Allegheny Imaging is offering our patients Monday evening and Saturday appointments. When scheduling with Allegheny Imaging they are offering a beautiful inspirational necklace for completing your mammogram.
As your Primary Care Physician's it is our responsibility to remind you the importance of Breast Cancer Screening. Please contact Arnell at our office today (724-741-0044) to get scheduled or if you have already had your mammogram please contact our office so we may update our records.