MASON CITY, Iowa – One woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes in the U.S. according to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, but health professionals say getting mammograms can help with early detection.
A mammogram detects breast cancer by using x-rays and compressions.
According to health experts, women are recommended to have a mammogram every year starting at the age of 40.
“The best protection and the best way to cure breast cancer is to find it early and the only way to do that is by having an annual mammogram. We know we see breast cancer every day here and were always very optimistic when it is found very early,” says Kim Anderson, Registered Nurse at Mercy Medical North Iowa Regional Breast Center.
Mercy Medical Center averages around 170 to 175 breast cancer patients a year and at least 25 percent of them are under the age of 50.
Those under the age 40 are encouraged to do self-breast exams.