October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Today, about 1 of 8 women in the United States is unfortunately expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Throughout October, members of the Rochester Regional Health Breast Care team will provide information in our monthly Q&A series to help you take a few important steps that can significantly improve your odds of enjoying a lifetime of good health.
Katherine Rogala Dr. Bill Bowen
Rochester Regional Health Breast Care Team Members
Q: I don’t feel any lumps or have any family history, do I still need a mammogram? How often should I get a mammogram, and do I get them the rest of my life?
First, yes. The purpose of the screening mammogram is to identify any problems early, thus making any needed treatment easier and more effective. Women should have annual screening mammograms starting at age 40 and continue every year as long as they are in good health.
The Rochester General Health Breast Center is one of the highest volume breast centers in New York State and is a Center of Excellence in cancer care. Our goals are to: Provide patient focused state-of-the-art comprehensive and coordinated multidisciplinary care in a compassionate and supportive environment, maintain excellence through supporting oncology clinical research, and serve as a community resource for referring and treating physicians as well as patients and their families. For more information, visit our website.