Today is the 24th annual National Mammography Day! How should you celebrate? By scheduling a mammogram of course! And while you are at it, tell all your friends to schedule one too. Back in 1993, President Bill Clinton declared that the 3rd Friday in October (National Breast Cancer Awareness Month) will be a day to encourage women to make their appointment for a mammogram.
Doctor Philip Strax was a true pioneer in developing the original technology for mammograms. His motivation came from losing his young wife to breast cancer. In 1963, a study conducted with approximately 30,000 women sought to prove if healthy women with no sign of cancer would benefit from mammogram screenings. This kind of study in the 1960’s was unheard of and revolutionary.
By the early 1970s, the study revealed that women over 50 that received regularly scheduled mammograms died less often from breast cancer. Compared to women who did not receive screenings, growths in the breast tissue were less advanced. This amazing discovery changed the breast cancer screening world. Now there was finally proof that screenings helped early detection of breast cancer, resulting in early treatment of the disease.
Why is it important to get a mammogram?
One in every eight women in their lifetime are diagnosed with breast cancer. It is the 2nd
leading cause of cancer death among women according to the National Breast Cancer website. Ultimately, mammograms provide early detection of breast cancer. Early detection will allow early treatment to eliminate the cancer before it becomes more advanced.