In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women can receive a free digital, mammogram screening during the month of October from Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa.
During the entire month of October, women can receive a routine mammogram screening for free, no physician referral required. A mammogram is a safe, low-dose X-ray that can detect irregularities in the breast, sometimes even before you or your doctor can feel a lump. Mountain Vista Medical Center offers a digital mammography, as compared to a film mammography, which allows images to be more easily analyzed, stored and shared. The hospital is also the only location in the East Valley to offer a mammogram using “soft pads,” making the procedure more comfortable for women.
“Breast cancer kills more than 40,000 women each year, but mammograms can help decrease this overwhelming statistic,” said Dr. Stephen Frausto an OB/GYN on the medical staff at Mountain Vista Medical Center. “Sometimes breast cancer does not have any signs or symptoms and mammograms can help detect these issues early, making the cancer more treatable and increasing survival rates. Mammograms can save lives.”
Frausto hosted a Breast Cancer Awareness Seminar on Oct. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. at Mountain Vista Medical Center, 1301 S. Crismon Road.
According to Frausto, mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer early, and increase chances of a successful fight against breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that women age 40 and older have a mammogram every year.
Women who have a mother, sister or daughter who have a history of breast cancer are twice as likely to develop breast cancer as women without a family history, according to the American Cancer Society. If your mother has a history of breast cancer you should start mammograms early and should have them every year. The age you start depends on the age your mother was at her diagnosis. The recommendation is that you start mammography 10 years prior to the age your mother was when she was diagnosed.
With early detection being the key to diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, mammograms can help detect tumors and increase the chances of a successful fight against breast cancer.According to the American Cancer Society, nearly one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, and more than 40,000 will die each year from the disease.
Visit mvmcfreemammo.com to make an appointment for a free digital screening mammogram.