Delayed Diagnosis Means Increased Breast Cancer Mortality
With so many patients delaying their annual mammograms, thousands of cases of breast cancer are going undetected, which will result in an increased mortality rate.
How Mammograms Detect Breast Cancer
Why do I need a Mammogram Every Year?
According to the American College of Radiology, women aged 40 and up should attend a mammography breast cancer screening each year to reduce the risk of permanent damage from undiagnosed cancer. It is far easier for doctors to treat cancer in its earliest stages, increasing patients’ chances of being able to beat the disease and return to their normal lives. In fact, the American Cancer Society estimates that women who undergo regular mammograms have a 41% reduced risk of death from breast cancer, and a 25% reduced rate of being diagnosed with advanced breast cancers.
In addition to the obstacles posed by the pandemic, there are several other reasons why patients may put off their annual mammograms:
Physicians agree that keeping up with your mammogram schedule will always pay off. When breast cancer is caught early, it is far easier to treat.