October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
One in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. It is very important to examine your breasts daily, as well as obtain your screening mammogram annually.
Screening Mammogram Recommendations:
Previously, it was recommended to start annual screening mammogram at the age of 40. Currently, women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) if they wish to do so.
Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening
If one has a strong family history of breast cancer, annual screening mammogram may be recommended at an early age.
Emmanuel De La Cruz MD, PLLC Plastic Surgeon, Houston Texas