October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an opportunity to learn more about breast cancer and increase support for the awareness, early detection, and treatment of the disease. Hudson Regional Hospital works to promote yearly mammograms and show our support for the fight against breast cancer.
About Breast Cancer
Breast cancer develops when abnormal cells grow out of control in one or both breasts. Breast cancer cells usually form a tumor that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. While it’s important to understand that most breast lumps are benign and not cancerous, some types of benign breast lumps can increase a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer. Any breast lump or change should be checked by a healthcare professional.
Breast Cancer Early Detection
Breast cancer that is found early, when it’s small and hasn’t spread, is easier to treat successfully. Regular mammograms are the most reliable way to find breast cancer early.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that women between the ages of 20 and 39 have a clinical breast exam by a health professional every three years. After age 40, it should increase to once a year. However, it is important to talk to your doctor about your own risk factors before getting a mammogram or deciding how often you should get them.
In addition, women should conduct self-examinations about once a month. If something about the size, shape, or feel of the breast seems abnormal, you should contact your doctor.
Mammograms at Hudson Regional Hospital
Hudson Regional Hospital uses the latest x-ray and 3D imaging technology to test women for breast cancer. Traditional mammography produces just two images of each breast: a side-to-side view and a top-to-bottom view. 3D mammography produces x-ray images of the breasts from multiple angles to create a digital 3D rendering of internal breast tissue. Research suggests that radiologists can more accurately interpret results using 3D mammography, resulting in fewer false readings.
For more information on these preventative services or to schedule an appointment, contact Hudson Regional Hospital at (201) 392-3278.