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Detecting
Breast Cancer
A Northside Hospital
radiologist explains
what to expect during
your mammogram
BY MARKYSHA CANNON

O

ne out of every eight women will
get breast cancer. Early detection through mammography is
critical for the best possible outcomes, as
mammograms are the only test shown to
decrease deaths from breast cancer.
Lynn Baxter, MD, director of breast
imaging for Northside Radiology Associates and chair of the breast care committee of Northside Hospital, explains
the importance of early detection.

When should I start getting
mammograms, and how often
should I have them?

FALL 2020 VIM & VIGOR

MAIN PHOTO BY GETTY IMAGES

Most women should begin having mammograms at age 40 and have them every year.
Some women with a family history of breast
cancer or other risk factors may be advised
to start screening sooner. If a woman has
a mother or sister who had breast cancer
before age 50, she should start screening
10 years earlier than the age at which the
relative was diagnosed. For example, a
woman whose mother had cancer at age
45 should start annual screening at age 35.
There is no upper age limit for having mammograms. As long as a woman is healthy, she
should continue with annual screening.



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