In a three-part video series, BestMedicine goes in depth on breast cancer detection with one patient’s story and expert advice from physicians and nurses. In part one – why regular mammograms are so important.
It’s not only important to get an annual mammogram – it might just save your life. That’s what happened to April Durnil, who was diagnosed with breast cancer after receiving a mammogram and biopsy two years ago. Durnil’s cancer was caught early at Renown Breast Health Center and she received treatment through Renown Institute for Cancer.
Medical experts agree that regular mammograms are literal lifesavers. “Mammography has been the single most important technological advancement in the last several decades,” said Brian Juell, MD, FACS, an oncology surgeon and medical director for Renown Breast Health Center. “And the reason that is true is that we can detect cancers when they are small, in 70 percent of the women presented with early stage breast cancer. And when we do detect these early cancers, we have a much higher rate of curing the patient.”
When getting tested for breast cancer, it’s also important to remember: Your doctor is required to tell you if you have dense breast tissue. If that’s the case, you may get a recommendation for an ultrasound screening or MRI in addition to your mammogram, as those tests provide stronger detection for women with dense breast tissue.