According to the American Cancer Society,
- Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms
- Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
- Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening.
Changes in your breasts to monitor.
- Firmness in our around your breasts
- Changes in size and shape
- Nipple inversion
- Redness or scaliness
- Fluid or discharge from the nipple
Not all changes mean breast cancer, but if you’re noticing any of these symptoms Hamilton has breast care specialists to help you, including Jacqueline S. Jeruss, M.D. Ph.D. FACS, of Michigan Medicine who leads our breast health clinic and was appointed associate dean for regulatory affairs in the Medical School in May 2020.
When speaking with Dr. Jeruss the other day, she explained the importance of mammograms because we know they’re about as high on our to do list as that flu shot. She said basically that getting a mammogram is to the identify breast cancer at the earliest possible time. Mammography is the most important mechanism we have to identifying breast cancers at the earliest possible stage.
If you have had a mammogram or have had your doctor find an abnormality, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeruss or her colleagues at Hamilton. Just call to schedule an appointment, 810-406-4246.