Patient Education


Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, that’s men and women combined!  That number is astounding when you consider over 99% of those diagnosed with breast cancer are women.  Breast Cancer represents 14% of all newly diagnosed cancer cases in the United States.

Mammograms are an essential tool in the early detection and prevention of breast cancer.  A mammogram is the best way to detect early breast cancer, and it is the only way to detect lumps or masses that are too small to be felt.  The American Cancer Society recommends annual mammograms starting at age forty for early detection.  The American Cancer society also recommends getting a clinical breast exam as part of a periodic health exam for women in their 20’s and 30’s, preferably once every three years.  Starting at age 40, women should have a clinical breast exam every year.

We have provided additional links to more information on Mammograms, including information on the Breast Center at ImageCare.  The Breast Center at ImageCare is one of the Capital Region’s few full service breast centers providing the latest in breast cancer screening and diagnosis.


Useful Links

Breast Cancer: Screening, Diagnosis and Genetic Testing

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. October is a great time to educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, who is at risk, and how to detect breast cancer early.

6 Answers to Your Mammogram Questions

Whether it’s wondering the best age to start getting a mammogram or what your risk of breast cancer actually is, we’ve got your mammogram FAQs.

ACR and SBI Continue to Recommend Regular Mammography Starting at Age 40

The recommended age to begin annual mammograms is 40. Read More…

Welch Et Al. Data in NEJM Reinforces That Mammography Detects Breast Cancers Earlier and Saves Lives

The New England Journal of Medicine reported a flawed article in October 2016 regarding screening mammography in women. Read the response from the Society of Breast Experts and American College of Radiology. Read More…

A patient resource for understanding the real facts about mammograms, created by a coalition of breast experts. Read More…



Other Cancers

The CDC recommends getting screening tests regularly may find breast, cervical, and colorectal (colon) cancers early, when treatment is likely to work best.  They also have information on screenings for lung, ovarian, prostate, and skin cancers.

American CancerSociety/Be Safe in the Sun

The American Cancer Society informs you how sun exposure is linked to cancer and steps you can take to protect yourself from the sun’s rays.

Academy of Family Physicians Cancer Screening Recommendations

Cancer Screening Recommendations from the American Academy of Family Physicians for breast, cervical, colorectal, prostate, skin, and testicular cancer.

American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer

The American Cancer Society guidelines for the early detection of cancer for most adults.

Talk to your Doctor about Cancer Screening

Screening tests can help find cancer at an early stage, before symptoms appear.  When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat or cure.

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