Our Commitment: Breast Cancer Screening
As part of Hattiesburg Clinic’s commitment to caring for the overall health of each patient, we offer and encourage routine mammograms (X-rays of the breast). Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the U.S. after skin cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.
In an annual report, The American Cancer Society estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases in the U.S. in 2017, with 30 percent of those to be breast cancer. Fortunately, mammography has shown over the years to increase breast cancer survival rates. Not only can early detection save lives, it also gives women options for breast-conserving therapy.
The American Cancer Society recommends the following guidelines for breast cancer screening:
- Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms if they wish to do so.
- Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
- Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years or can continue yearly screening.
- Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.
- All women should be familiar with the known benefits, limitations and potential harms linked to breast cancer screening.
Our providers and staff offer the opportunity to discuss breast cancer screening with patients and answer questions patients may have regarding mammograms. If you fit the appropriate criteria and would like to schedule a mammogram, please consult with your primary care provider. If you need help establishing a primary care provider, you can call 601-261-3518.