An Almagest article published November 27, 2013 details the increased necessity for younger women to undergo breast cancer detection:
A new analysis published online in Cancer confirms the need for greater use of annual mammography in women ages 40-49 as recommended by the American Cancer Society, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging for all women 40 and older.
The study, which involved 7,301 patients, found that 71 percent of confirmed breast cancer deaths occurred in the 20 percent of the study population that did not receive regular mammograms. The majority of those who died from breast cancer never had a mammogram prior to diagnosis.
Moreover, 50 percent of the breast cancer deaths occurred in women under the age of 50, while only 13 percent were in women ages 70 or older. For women who died of breast cancer, the median age at diagnosis was 49; for those dying of any other cause, the median age at diagnosis was 72.
The ACOG’s findings only reaffirm the need for women to undergo early detection methods such as getting a mammogram in Orange County and other parts of the United States.
The American Cancer Society estimated that there would be 232,340 cases of invasive breast cancer among women for 2013. The statistic provided by the Almagest article suggests early detection as early as the women’s forties, but the radiation emitted by mammograms are far too harmful for it to be applied to younger women.
Fortunately, new technology can help women detect cancer cells without exposing them to bodily harm. Breast thermography uses the principle that metabolic activity in cancerous and pre-cancerous cells is almost always higher than in their non-cancerous neighbors. It uses infrared to detect blood activity and identify cancerous cells.
This method is extremely helpful for younger women, as manual methods can be inaccurate from time to time. Breast thermography gives them an opportunity to have a fairly accurate scan of their breasts without extensive exposure to harmful radiation.
Women should not be afraid to look for a healthier alternative for getting a mammogram in San Diego. They can consult experts like OC Breast Wellness for radiation-free mammograms and other information about breast cancer.
(Article Excerpt and Image from ACR, SBI on cancer study: More breast cancer screening needed in younger women, The Almagest, November 27, 2013)