Numbers To Know – Women’s Edition
At the age of 40 we, along with the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging, recommend women begin every year screening with mammography. If you have family members with breast cancer, earlier screening or screening with other types of imaging may be helpful, so be sure to discuss with your doctor.
The risk of developing breast cancer in a woman’s lifetime.
The number of breast cancers that are found in women in their 40s.
The percentage of women with a new diagnosis of breast cancer with NO risk factors other than being female!
Number of deaths in US women caused by heart disease. Remember, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women as well as men, more than all cancers combined. Cardiac calcium score can give a quick picture of heart health by looking for calcified areas of plaque in your coronary arteries.
Number of deaths in the US caused by smoking. Smoking and other tobacco use is the leading PREVENTABLE cause of death in the US, for women and men. If you smoke or use tobacco, get help so that you can quit for good. If you have smoked for an equivalent of at least 30 pack years (1 pack a day for 30 years, 2 packs a day for 15 years, etc) and are over the age of 55, every year screening with low dose CT chest has been shown to save lives.
Your blood pressure, lipid profile and blood glucose. Control of all of these equates with healthy hearts and bodies.
One – as in you. You are the key to taking the steps to your best health, and we promise to do our best in meeting all of your imaging needs.