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Macomb Township Doc Recommends Mammograms from Age 40, Says Early Detection Key

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Did you schedule your mammogram?

It’s breast cancer awareness month and for the average woman, that means thinking about what it takes to prevent this disease. 

“Early detection is key. The smaller that a breast cancer is detected, the less likely it is to metastasize or spread to other organs or the bones. The earlier a breast (cancer) is discovered, the more likely the chance for a cure,” said Dr. Jeff Falk, a physician on staff at St. John Medical Center in Macomb Township. 

  • Annual mammograms beginning at age 40 save lives. At that age, the incidence of breast cancer begins to climb. There have been studies showing a 30 percent decrease in mortality due to breast cancer with routine annual mammography, Falk said. 
  • Any woman with a new palpable lump in her breast should go for breast imaging mammograms or an ultrasound immediately, regardless of age. 
  • Young women get breast cancer, too. All women in their late teens and older should perform monthly self breast exams and have an annual exam by a physician. 

Mammograms in Macomb Township are offered at the St. John and Beaumont medical centers, the St. John Romeo Plank Diagnostic Center, and at other locations. 

According to the American Cancer Society, women may also be at higher risk if they:

  • have a family history of the disease
  • use birth control pills 
  • started menstruating early (before 12) and/or went through menopause later (after age 55) 
  • have 2 to 5 drinks daily 
  • are overweight or obese, and other factors. 
Jenny Whalen October 09, 2012 at 12:46 PM
What is the going rate of a mammogram - is it covered by your insurance?
Ann West Kondrad October 09, 2012 at 02:52 PM
I am going Thursday, not sure the price, but I do know my insurance covers it in full.
Jenny Whalen October 09, 2012 at 03:45 PM
So glad to hear that!
Susan Swinney October 10, 2012 at 01:21 PM
call the scheduling department at the hospital, there are programs available for those who arent covered for mammograms. StJohn Health has grant money to help those who need mammograms and follow up services for further testing.

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