A Little Hassle To Save Your Life

Tuesday, May 20th 2008, 12:31 pm
By: News On 6

I recently went in for my annual mammogram and was reminded why so many women "forget" to get this done.

Let's be honest! It's a hassle. You're half naked standing in a cold room getting your chest squeezed in a vice. But here's the deal. That exam could save your life. That little discomfort could find the beginning stage of cancer.

Early detection is the key. The sooner an abnormality is found, the better chance of getting it resolved. Not every lump is cancer but they do need to be checked out.  The American Cancer Society recommends women get a base-line mammogram at the age of 35 and then every year after the age of 40.

If you have a family history of breast cancer, you need to be aware and talk with your doctor about when to start mammograms. A lot of women put it off and put it off. Don't! It's still considered the gold standard of early detection. It's a test that could save your life!

LeAnne Taylor

Six in the Morning Anchor

Breast Cancer Survivor