Science solves the question: Do I still need a mammogram when I’m 75?
As physicians, we rely heavily on science. Why? Because the rigor of testing and measuring can shine a light on the unknown. Because facts and figures can trump gut instincts. In short, science helps us save lives. And science is at it again.
In a recent study published by the journal Radiology, benefits of annual screening mammography in women over the age of 75 were evaluated. The study found that screening mammography in women over the age of 75 resulted in more cancers being detected at earlier stages. Fewer advanced stage, more difficult to treat breast cancers are detected when women continue routine screening mammography. The study also showed better 5 year survival for those invasive cancers found mammographically.
We are often asked when should women stop having routine annual screening mammography. This study helps to answer that question. Healthy women over the age of 75 should continue their annual routine of getting mammograms.
Women in their seventies have a lot of things to look forward to and staying healthy into the later years of one’s life is not only achievable but delightful.
Mammography is one of our best tools for early detection – and early detection saves lives, no matter what age you may be. Time to celebrate the road to your best possible health!
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Originally published 8/12/14 on mammographykc.com.