Mammograms Matter: The Numbers Behind Lifesaving Screenings


Each week, a new headline heralds this-or-that study questioning the value of screening mammograms. Should you start screening at age 40 or 50? Every year or every other year?

It’s tough to cut through the clutter.

“Right now, a lot of women are confused,” says Elizabeth Jekot, M.D., medical director of the Elizabeth Jekot MD Breast Imaging Center at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano.

“As a breast cancer survivor and dedicated breast imager, I cannot say it any more straightforwardly than this: early detection saves lives.”

Dr. Jekot advocates monthly self-exams, annual clinical breast exams, annual mammograms and adding annual breast MRI for high-risk patients. Talk to your doctor about your personal risks.

View the below infographics for some of the “Need-to-Know Numbers” that help demystify mammography.


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Mammograms Matter: The Numbers Behind Lifesaving Screenings