SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that barring some skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women regardless of race or ethnicity.
Friday is National Mammography Day, when women are encouraged to make appointments with their health care providers to take the test.
Women who have a family history of the disease, are over 40 or are overweight are most at risk for the disease.
Dr. Danna Grear has almost 30 years of experience when it comes to reading mammogram results and says the technology has come a long way since the days of using film.
“Now we have the 3D images which kind of page through the breast in slices so that we can see the detail better,” Grear, a clinical breast radiologist, said.
Dr. Grear went on to say that mammograms are not the only option.
Ultrasounds and MRI’s can be used depending on the needs of the patient.
She also says it’s important to perform self-breast checks in between mammograms.
National Mammography Day is always the third Friday in October.