SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
And doctors at Sarasota Memorial Hospital are worried about a new trend, showing a decline in the number of women getting mammograms.
When it comes to preventing and surviving breast cancer, the best defense is early detection. And that comes thru mammograms.
250 thousand people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. But if this trend continues, thousands may have a breast cancer that goes undiagnosed and untreated.
Dr. James Fiorica, CMO, from Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where he is also a Gynecologist Oncologist says, "More women appear to be receiving their screening mammography every other year rather than yearly. This change in practice can result in the diagnosis of more advanced tumors at later stages, resulting in potential poorer prognosis. Between 2015 and 2018 we have seen a 24% decline in women aged 40-54 receiving their screening mammograms ."
He continues, "If women delay their mammograms, they will receive later diagnoses and limit the odds of beating their cancer."
The recommendations from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network are, "People of average risk should have yearly mammogram screenings at age 40 and an annual clinical breast examine and screening every year after. Younger People ages 25 through 39 should have a clinical exam by their doctor every 1 to 3 years."
For more information go to smh.com/breasthealth