Early detection and treatment for breast cancer starts with screenings


DURANT – Breast cancer remains a top risk for women, making up 30 percent of all new female cancer cases in the U.S. annually. Fortunately, a screening mammogram can help detect breast cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages. AllianceHealth Durant is encouraging women to schedule their screening now, because when breast cancer is detected early, life-saving treatment can begin right away.

Here in Oklahoma, 21,121 new female breast cancer cases were reported in 2019, the most recent year data is available.

“When screenings are delayed, diagnosis is delayed and treatment is delayed,” said Dr. Allison Taylor, an employed OB/GYN physician with AllianceHealth Durant. “But the best chance for survival of any cancer is early diagnosis and treatment. Mammograms can detect cancer before any symptoms, such as a lump, or spreading of the disease occurs, which can increase the likelihood of recovery.”

Nearly all breast cancers can be treated successfully if found early. The most effective way to detect breast cancer at an early, treatable stage is to have yearly mammograms. Since mammography became widely used in the 1980s, the U.S. breast cancer death rate in women has dropped 43 percent.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) recommend annual mammograms start at age 40 for women of average risk. Different guidelines apply to women at higher risk.

African Americans and those of Ashkenazi Jewish descent should have a risk assessment at age 30 to see if a screening earlier than age 40 is needed. Women who were previously diagnosed with breast cancer are recommended to be screened with magnetic resonance imaging, an MRI.

To schedule a mammogram, call (580) 931- 2079, or to find a primary care doctor of OB/GYN, visit www.AllianceHealthDurantMadillDocs.com .

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