Six Crucial Facts to Know for National Women’s Health Week
May 12, 2016 07:51AM
● By Audrey Sellers
We’re smack in the middle of National Women’s Health Week, an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. The purpose of the week May 8-14 is to empower women to put their health at the forefront. It’s also an opportunity to help women understand how they can improve their health.
Here are six key facts to know:
1. Mammography is the closest thing we have to a cure.
2. Twenty percent of women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2015 were under the age of 50.
3. The average tumor size when found through an untrained self-exam is the size of a walnut versus when found through mammography, is the size of a pea.
4. When you find a tumor earlier (smaller/pea-sized), your choices are better. You have more options, and treatment is likely to be less aggressive and less expensive.
5. Insurance companies still pay 100 percent of a woman’s annual 2D mammogram starting at age 40.
6. 3D mammography provides an excellent upgrade to 2D mammograms, helping radiologists have an even clearer image of breast tissue.