An extended study which was published in the journal radiology suggested women with certain warnings regarding breast cancer.
The study suggested that women who missed even a single recommended screening mammogram are more prone to death.
Risk Of Breast Cancer Death Hikes After Missing Mammograms
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, there was a widespread lag and cancellation of diagnosis and screenings of cancer patients. It was mainly during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic as most of them had not survived.
Dr.Marisa Weiss, the founder, and the chief medical officer of Breastcancer.org and Breasthealth.org, said that by ensuring a regular mammogram, those can save their own life, and there is no increased risk for COVID-19 after one undergoes a mammogram.
Even though Dr. Weiss wasn’t part of the study, she suggested that hospitals are safe, and mammograms can save lives, and it is essential to make the calls if it is needed.
Regular screening of mammograms can benefit in the detection of breast cancer, probably at its initial stage, when it is easy to cure.
Since it is clear that mammograms are good, medical groups debate on the appropriate time to start them as well as how often they should be performed.
According to the recommendations of the U.S Preventive Services Task Force, it is best to start the first mammogram at the age of 50 among women who are at the average risk of breast cancer. After the first-ever mammogram, it is better to follow it once in two years until they reach the age of 74.
The recommendation of the American Cancer Society is far different from it. Experts from the agency said that annual mammograms should be conducted among women aged between 40-44 years. Among women who are of ages between 45-54, it is better to perform yearly, and those who age beyond it can get it every other year in case they prefer.
The findings of the study suggested that women who underwent their two routine screening exams before their diagnosis of breast cancer had a 50% less risk of death within 210 years when compared to those who ignored mammogram screenings.
The study also showed that women, who didn’t undergo one of their last two recommended screening exams had roughly around 30% fewer chances of death from breast cancer.
Stephen Duffy, the author of the study and an expert in cancer at the Queen Mary University of London said that women who are at the age of screening are told to follow theory screenings regularly. Those who provide the screening should ensure that the women who undergo it have a safe experience that is acceptable and as positive as possible. He added that this will let the women come back for the next screening.
Dr. Lauirie Margolies, an expert at Mount Sinai Health System in New York, also said after reviewing the study that many lives will be saved as a result of screening mammography.
She added that if the goal is to decrease the chances of death due to breast cancer, it is not sufficient to follow it once in a while. So it is important to schedule it regularly, and it is not good to miss it, but it should be rescheduled.