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Mammogram Myths: 5 Common Misunderstandings

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 20, 2020

Despite decades of public health awareness about the importance of mammograms, many women are still resistant to getting them. Fear and opposition may be due to persistent myths about mammograms.

Let’s separate myth from reality. Here are five common misunderstandings and the true facts behind them.

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Topics: Mammogram, Imaging, Cancer

Your Healthcare Checklist for the New Year 2017

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 30, 2016

Every year around New Year, we think about changes we would like to make in the coming year. Many go so far as to make resolutions to make positive changes in their life. Some even keep those resolutions for more than a couple of weeks! Your health and well being should be a top priority as you consider positive changes you would like to make in the coming year. Think about taking it a step further than eat better and exercise. Use this healthcare checklist to help you make positive changes this year.

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Topics: Mammogram, Health Care, Colonoscopy

How Often Should Women Have a Mammogram?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 10, 2015

In recent years, there has been some controversy over when to start and how often women should have regular mammograms. Knowing your body and family history are important to making the right decision for your health.

What Is a Mammogram?

A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast and is used to screen for breast cancer. Mammograms are also used as a diagnostic tool. During a mammogram, the breast is compressed between two flat surfaces on the machine. A black and white x-ray image of the breast is displayed on the computer and examined by a doctor who looks for signs of cancer.

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Topics: Mammogram, Women's Health

Why is Mammogram Advice Such a Moving Target?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 8, 2015

A mammogram is an x-ray of a breast. Screening mammograms are used to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease. Diagnostic mammograms are used to check for breast cancer after a lump or other symptom has been found.

According to the National Cancer Institute, screening mammography can help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer in women from 40-74. Because of this, annual mammograms have long been recommended for women over the age of 40.

However, in recent years, screening mammography has been the subject of some discrepancy.Thus, we ask the question, "Why is mammogram advice such a moving target?"

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Topics: Mammogram