Regular mammograms are a critical part of breast health maintenance. 

Here at Capital Women’s Care in Silver Spring and Laurel, Maryland, our team recommends you get a mammogram yearly if you’re at average risk of developing breast cancer and are 50-74 years old. Women who are 40-49 should also consider having this important screening.

Mammograms are an easy appointment to put off. They’re inconvenient and uncomfortable. Nonetheless, here are six reasons you shouldn’t delay making your mammogram appointment. 

1. Mammograms can save lives

Mammograms can detect breast cancer in its earliest stages, often before symptoms are noticeable. Early detection is key to successful treatment and improved survival rates. 

By undergoing a mammogram every year, you increase the likelihood of detecting any abnormalities early on, giving you the best chance for a positive outcome.

2. Mammograms detect nuanced changes

A clinical breast exam can detect palpable lumps, but that’s all. A mammogram is an essential tool for early detection because it can identify abnormalities such as tumors or calcifications that may not be felt during a physical exam. 

3. Mammograms provide peace of mind

Regular mammograms offer peace of mind by providing reassurance that you’re aware of your breast health. If you have a personal history of breast cancer or a family history of breast cancer, this peace of mind is invaluable. 

4. Mammograms detect changes over time

By scheduling regular mammograms, you and your health care provider can track changes in your breast tissue over time. This long-term data help us to identify any abnormalities or areas of concern that may develop between screenings. 

5. Mammograms empower you

Knowledge is power when it comes to your health. By staying informed about the importance of mammograms and adhering to recommended screening guidelines, you empower yourself to take control of your breast health. 

Knowledge enables you to make informed decisions about your health care and advocate for your well-being.

6. Mammograms are relatively quick and easy

While a mammogram isn’t a “fun” procedure, it takes just 20 minutes and causes only mild discomfort. This short inconvenience is worth the tradeoff of long-term good health and time with the people you love the most. 

At Capital Women’s Care, we’re committed to providing you with compassionate, supportive care. From scheduling your mammogram appointment to interpreting results and discussing next steps, our team is here to support you every step of the way. 

We understand that undergoing breast cancer screening can be an emotional experience, and we’re here to provide the guidance and reassurance you need.

Don’t wait – schedule your next mammogram appointment as soon as possible. Early detection through regular mammograms saves lives, offers peace of mind, and empowers you to take control of your breast health. 

At Capital Women’s Care, we’re here to support you in prioritizing your breast health and well-being. Request an appointment by phone or online today.