Mammography saves lives. It’s not just a sentence, it’s a fact. And it’s not just a fact but the name of a nonprofit created by some great organizations collaborating for women’s health.
As radiologists with interest in breast imaging, we are long-term members of the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society for Breast Imaging (SBI). The two organizations have teamed up with the American Society of Breast Disease to create a helpful, fact-filled (and rather pretty, if we say so ourselves) website titled with a phrase we use often: Mammography Saves Lives.
To quote from their site:
“Mammography Saves Lives™ is a coalition of the not-for-profit, 501(C)(3) medical associations representing a broad spectrum of breast cancer care experts. The MSL coalition was founded to reduce confusion regarding when and how often women should receive mammograms. This confusion may cause women to not start getting annual mammograms at age 40 and put them at increased risk of dying from breast cancer.”
Mammography Saves Lives is dedicated to women’s health through education and resources. We love people who take on the role of advocating for women’s health in the myriad ways they do. This site can answer lots of questions you might have about breast cancer and screening, addressing some of the confusing stories that get published about this issue. And one small but important handy/cool feature of this site: an annual mammogram reminder tool. Click here and submit your address to get an email once a year to nudge you to get your screening mammogram. Share this useful reminder with your friends and family!
When it comes to fighting breast cancer, we are in this together - every group that raises its voice to help is a partner! We encourage you to make use of all the resources available, whether it’s an inspiring survivor’s story or a how-to on self exams. Share the useful sites with your sisters - you may play a role in saving a life!
Originally published 8/26/13 on mammographykc.com.