What do wine, women, and mammograms equal?
A midnight mammogram soiree! And in some areas, midnight parties of wine, cheese, and mammograms are exactly what doctors are resorting to in an effort to entice women to get their mammograms. This is great and it can make the process of getting a mammogram a lot more fun, but you shouldn’t wait for an invitation to a party before getting a mammogram.
Mammograms save lives. Some studies show that mammograms decrease breast cancer mortality by 25 to 50 percent. Yet, even though many women know the risk, they don’t make time to get their yearly mammogram. The American Cancer Society reported that by 2005, mammography rates had decreased by four percent nationwide. The researchers couldn’t say why women aren’t getting mammograms, but here are some of the most common excuses:
Questions to ask.
Mammography is the best method of detecting breast cancer at its early stages, which means a higher chance of survival. Women 40 and over should have a mammograph once a year. Women who are a high risk for cancer should start sooner. And if you have concerns, here are some questions to ask when you schedule your next mammogram (or midnight wine party):