Lisa C. is feeling positive these days. “33 days. I lived with knowing I had cancer for 33 days. Early detection from routine screenings saved me. And it can save you. Please get your mammograms, colonoscopies, skin checks, annual physicals and the like, regularly. I am so lucky! And GRATEFUL for all the love and support from my family and friends. After surgery, I’m home resting, pretty comfortably, and excited to be cancer-free.” Stories like Lisa’s are only possible because of breast screenings. Regularly scheduling exams means taking care of yourself and your friends and family.
While mammograms don’t prevent breast cancer, they help a doctor find it much earlier. A mammogram can identify a lump up to two years before it will become large enough for you to feel it. By finding breast cancer early, a woman’s chances of survival are higher, and she may have more treatment options available to her. When breast cancer is found early, the five-year survival rate is greater than 95%. Additionally, finding breast cancer early enables more women to select treatment options that allow them to keep their breasts.