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The best breast test

May 31, 2012

The best breast test

Tests are no fun. All through life, we have to take exams to prove our smarts and abilities. The kinds our doctors give us are no fun either. For women, however, there’s a test that could save your life if you take it. When you look at it that way, is a mammogram something you can afford to not take?

Mammography is imaging technology that uses X-rays to detect growths or changes in the breast tissue. According to Health Canada, it’s the safest and most effective method of screening for breast cancer. Forget the excuses (“I’m too busy” or “It’s too scary”), as a woman, the world needs you around and a mammogram can help you live your longest, fullest life. It’s estimated that in North America, 15,000 women a year could be saved with regular self-examinations and mammograms at the recommended intervals.

Any fears or apprehension should be allayed by the fact that most screening mammograms come back with normal results. And if that’s not enough to get you to the doctor, know that self-examinations just can’t find what an X-ray can. A screening can find tiny deposits of calcium that might be a sign of breast cancer.

It just takes 15 minutes. The technologist uses equipment to compress your breasts to get a clear picture. In one or two days, you’ll hear back with the news.

So when should you go? If you have a history of breast cancer in your family, consult your doctor. He or she may advise regular screenings starting as early as age 30. In general, however, women 50 to 69 years old should get tested every two years.

At Carole Martin, we take your body’s comfort and health seriously. We care about our customers and that’s why we take care of you with the ultimate in comfort bras for all shapes and sizes. We hope you’ll care for you, too.

For more information about mammograms, see:

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/detection/mammograms 

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