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Early detection is critical to survival

Posted: October 2, 2012 - 9:07am

Regular breast exams should be a part of every woman’s life.

“Some people may say no one in my family has ever had breast cancer,” said Dr. Randy W. Cooper, of University Hospital’s Breast Health Center. “The bottom line is 80 percent of those who get breast cancer, no one in their family had breast cancer.”

Women should schedule mammograms 12 months apart, he said.

Studies have shown that women who have annual mammograms have a higher survival rate from breast cancer than those who do not, Cooper said.

“If you can find it before you can feel it, you’re less likely to have cancer in your lymph nodes,” he said.

Even when having annual mammograms, women should not underestimate the importance of breast self-exams.

“Approximately 15 to 20 percent of the time, a mammogram will not show breast cancer,” he said. “Sometimes you can have breast cancer, but it won’t show up. So it’s important to do both.”

Starting at age 20, women should perform breast self-exams once a month and generally, starting at age 40, women should have annual mammograms. A baseline mammogram is suggested at age 35.

If there is a family history of breast cancer, women should ask their doctor about starting annual mammograms at an earlier age.

For more information, go to http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001911.

LEARN HOW TO PERFORM A BREAST SELF-EXAM

Breast Self-Exam Class: 5 p.m. Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29, University Hospital Breast Health Center, 818 St. Sebastian Way, Professional Center 2, Suite 205, Augusta

SCHEDULE A MAMMOGRAM

Doctors Hospital Mammogram: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays; everyone who schedules a mammogram in October receives a coupon good for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich with the purchase of any beverage; (877) 357-0159

Saturday Mammograms: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in October; Georgia Health Sciences University Breast Health Center, 818 St. Sebastian Way, Augusta; women can schedule routine mammogram; (706) 721-XRAY

Mobile Mammography: Oct. 3; City of North Augusta/University Hospital; open to women over 40; (866) 774-4141, universityhealth.org/calendar

Mobile Mammography: Thursday; Aiken Fiberglass Yarn; open to women over 40; (866) 774-4141, universityhealth.org/calendar

Mobile Mammography: Saturday; Dillard’s, Augusta Mall, 3450 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta; open to women over 40; (866) 774-4141, universityhealth.org/calendar

Mobile Mammography: Tuesday; Tuscany Spa, 608 Ponder Place Drive, Evans; open to women over 40; (866) 774-4141, universityhealth.org/calendar

Mobile Mammography: Oct. 10; Home Depot, Bobby Jones Expressway, Augusta; open to women over 40; (866) 774-4141, universityhealth.org/calendar

Mobile Mammography: Oct. 11; Edgefield Medical Center, Edgefield; open to women over 40; (866) 774-4141, universityhealth.org/calendar

Mobile Mammography: Oct. 12; Christ Community/University Hospital, 1226 D’Antignac Street, Augusta; open to women over 40; (866) 774-4141, universityhealth.org/calendar

Mobile Mammography: Oct. 15; Belle Terrace Health and Wellness Center, 2467 Golden Camp Road, Augusta; open to women over 40; (866) 774-4141, universityhealth.org/calendar

Mobile Mammography: Oct. 16; Internal Medicine Partners, 3121 Peach Orchard Road, Augusta; open to women over 40; (866)
774-4141, universityhealth.org/calendar

Mobile Mammography: Oct. 18; Aiken Fiberglass Yarn, Aiken; open to women over 40; (866) 774-4141, universityhealth.org/calendar

Mobile Mammography: Oct. 23; Walgreens, 3204 Peach Orchard Road, Augusta; open to women over 40; (866) 774-4141, universityhealth.org/calendar

Mobile Mammography: Oct. 24; Club Car; open to women over 40; (866) 774-4141, universityhealth.org/calendar

Mobile Mammography: Oct. 26; Walmart, Aiken; open to women over 40; (866) 774-4141, universityhealth.org/calendar

Mobile Mammography: Oct. 31; Columbia County Government Complex, 650-B Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans; open to women over 40; (866) 774-4141, universityhealth.org/calendar

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