Know Your Radiologist

The key to fighting any form of cancer is early detection. Treating cancer in its early stages not only gives your body a better chance of fighting the infection, it also prevents the cancer from spreading to other parts of the body. There are many ways to detect cancerous tumors, but the best way to detect them in the earliest stages is through radiology. Radiology can detect tumors long before they are felt or seen by the patient, and can determine if they are potentially cancerous or benign.

Many different types of cancer are detectable with radiology, but it is particularly recommended for women who are at least 40 years of age or are naturally at a higher risk for breast cancer. A woman's risk of breast cancer starts rising sharply at age 40, and PMA radiologists recommended annual screenings beginning at that age. For women with and increased risk of breast cancer due to BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations, a mother or sister with premenopausal breast cancer, or both a maternal and paternal relative with premenopausal breast cancer, annual screenings are recommended beginning at age 30.

Mammograms and other cancer screenings with PMA radiologists are quick and painless and part of our commitment to your overall health.