According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 8 women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime, and it is the second leading cause of cancer death in women.
“As a breast cancer survivor, I learned the hard way that where you choose to have your mammogram can have a profound impact on your outcome and experience,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award.
Passi was the victim of poor imaging and misdiagnosis. Doctors eventually discovered her breast cancer after a surgical biopsy and two lumpectomies at the age of 42. Her experience was the inspiration behind creating the Women’s Choice Award following her career as former publisher of Working Woman and Working Mother magazines.
“Knowing where to go for the best mammogram will reduce your risk of a false positive or the possibility of missing cancers,” said Passi. “By letting women know which imaging centers in their area are among America’s best for mammograms, we are able to reduce risk by helping them make better decisions and smarter health care choices.”
“This award recognizes the high-quality imaging and exceptional service provided to patients by our staff on a daily basis,” said Frederick Shuler, MD, Medical Director of The Women’s Center for Wellness. We are honored to have received this recognition and proud to offer our community high quality and accurate mammograms.
Now what exactly is a mammogram and why are they important? A mammogram is an x-ray picture taken of the breast to look for any signs or symptoms of breast cancer. There are 2 types of mammograms; one is a screening mammogram that detects tumors in the breast and the other is a diagnostic mammogram that diagnoses breast cancer if the screening mammogram shows any tumors or masses in the breast.
A woman should start getting a mammogram at 50 years old for every 2 years until they are 74. However, women younger than 50 should still talk to their doctor about mammograms, especially if they have had symptoms of breast cancer or are at high risk.
A mammogram is one of the most effective ways to detect breast cancer which can allow for early detection and immediate treatment to prevent further spreading. Screening mammograms can reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer among women between the ages of 40 to 74.