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Why do women — and some men — get mammograms? It might sound like a simple question, but it’s one that’s worth asking. After all, most doctors suggest that all women start getting mammograms around age 40, and it could be earlier if she has a family history of breast cancer. So why is it that 2D and 3D mammograms have become such an important and common type of medical imaging? Are they really that helpful?

To put it simply, yes, mammograms are very important. Today we’re going to discuss the reason that you shouldn’t skip mammograms once your doctor says that you need them.

Breast Cancer Is Surprisingly Common

Approximately 250,000 women a year are diagnosed with breast cancer, and about 40,000 women will die from the disease. While mammograms can’t prevent every death, they have significantly reduced the number of women dying from the disease. Breast cancer is the second most common cause of death among women.

Mammograms Could Save Your Life

Of course, this is the primary reason to get a mammogram performed. Simply put, mammograms save lives. Many lumps in the breast can’t be found manually, which is why mammograms are so important. Early detection of any cancer is the best way to make sure it is taken care of before it spreads, and mammograms are the earliest means of detection.

It’s Quick and Easy

Mammograms tend to take about 20 minutes, meaning that they’re really not taking too much time from your day. This is especially convenient since most women only need one every year or every-other year. Having this form of diagnostic imaging performed is a simple procedure that’s certainly worth it.

Is it uncomfortable for a short amount of time? For most women, yes, a bit. But it’s certainly worth it to avoid the pain of extensive cancer treatments if lumps aren’t detected early.

It’s Probably Free

Mammograms are the only type of medical imaging that’s covered 100% by most health insurance plans. They are considered a standard part of a checkup, much like a yearly wellness visit to a personal care physician. When you schedule your visit with us, we’ll be sure to verify that it is covered by your plan. Even if it isn’t, mammograms aren’t terribly expensive even out-of-pocket, so we heartily recommend that every woman get one at their doctor’s suggestion.

Schedule Your Mammogram Today

While it would be great if no one ever needed to get a mammogram, we don’t see that happening anytime soon. They’re the best way to find abnormal growths early, and can save your life.

At Fair Lawn Imaging, we’re happy to offer 2D and 3D mammograms, also known as 3D tomosynthesis. If you’re ready to get the best medical imaging around, click here to schedule an appointment with us.