Why you should schedule your mammogram today

The pandemic led to many women canceling or not scheduling their annual mammograms. If you haven’t yet gotten back on track with your regular screenings, there is no time like the present for making an appointment.

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The Difference Between Screening and Diagnostic Mammograms

Generally, when you schedule an exam, it will be a screening mammogram, the type of mammogram that is routinely administered to take a closer look for breast cancer or other issues in women who do not have symptoms.

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Ask Sofia: Can I skip my mammogram this year?

While many women initially postponed mammograms, Pap tests and other screenings during the early days of the pandemic, Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Mammography Day in October are reminders of the importance of this annual screening for most women. Mammograms can detect breast cancer early before it advances and requires more aggressive treatment, just one of the reasons you should maintain your regular schedule.

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Ask Sofia: What is a 3-D Mammogram and Do I Need One?

3-D mammography, also known as tomosynthesis or tomo, takes images of the breasts from multiple angles, which are then used to recreate a 3-D picture of the breast; this option may increase detection of cancer and decrease the possibility of a false positive. It may also be more useful for women with dense breast tissue. While the 3-D test takes a few seconds longer than 2-D mammography, it uses less radiation and most women do not notice a difference between the two options.

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The latest on mammograms

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close, we want to encourage you to make breast health a priority all year long. Early detection is key in fighting breast cancer, which is why we asked Dr. Deb Krahl to weigh in on some of patients’ most common questions when it comes to their breasts.

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