Importance of self breast exams and mammograms
While it is recommended that women begin going for yearly mammograms at age 40, women in their 30’s should begin giving themselves regular self-exams to feel for any lumps in the breasts.
This is especially important for African American women, as they are at higher risk of developing breast cancer at younger ages.
Mammography remains the “gold standard” in the early detection of breast cancer.
Mammograms save lives –it is the only breast cancer screening test proven to show a 30 percent mortality reduction. Women should begin going for yearly mammogram screenings at the age or 40.
However, some individuals with a strong family history of breast cancer may need to start getting mammograms earlier than age 40. An exciting new technology, known as breast tomosynthesis, is improving detection rates and decreasing the amount of ‘false alarms’.
This three-dimensional mammography method acquires several images of the breast at different angles, allowing radiologists to examine the scan in ‘slices’–avoiding overlapping density tissue that often hides or mimics malignancies.
This new imaging advancement is now a screening option at Cone Health Women’s Hospital and The Breast Center of Greensboro Imaging.
Dr. Randy Jackson is a radiologist at The Breast Center of Greensboro Imaging and a member of the Cone Health medical staff.
Dr. Jackson received his Doctor of Medicine from Medical College of Georgia in 1977.
He completed his residency in diagnostic radiology in 1981 and a fellowship in special procedures in 1982 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.