Each year in May, we celebrate Mother’s Day to reflect on how much we appreciate and love our mothers. When you think of your own mother, the words caring and selfless may come to mind. Many mothers are so busy being selfless and caring for others that they often put their own health after everyone else’s. This Mother’s Day, give back and encourage your mother to take care of her health and get an annual mammogram.
Mammograms Help Save Lives
A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast that is used to screen for and diagnose breast cancer. Mammograms help save lives and are the most effective tool in preventing breast cancer. “It is important for every woman over the age of 40 to take the time and get a mammogram. It only takes a few minutes and can offer peace of mind and helps identify any problems early,” says Sonya Kella, MD, medical director at the Adventist HealthCare White Oak Breast Center.
Did You Know?
- 1 out of every 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime.
- About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer.
- There are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S., including women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.
Adventist HealthCare Breast Centers are state-of-the-art facilities offering comprehensive breast care and breast cancer support services all in one convenient and comfortable setting. A team of experienced, highly trained physicians, breast navigators, technologists and staff are skilled in bringing high quality, specialized services to women, focused on breast cancer prevention and early intervention. Request an appointment online today or call 301-590-8999.
Detecting breast cancer early significantly improves a woman’s chances for successful treatment and recovery. Remember mom’s, you can’t take care of your loved ones unless you take care of yourself, too!