Annual mammograms key to early detection

| September 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs
News Release



HONOLULU — Walk-in mammograms for all eligible beneficiaries will be offered at Tripler Army Medical Center’s Department of Radiology, here, in October.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“The only requirements for these well-women exams are that the females are eligible for care, they are over 40 years of age, it has been 11 months or more since their last screening and they show no symptoms (no new lump or bump),” said Col. Anthony Allen, chief, Dept. of Radiology.

All the major health organizations in the U.S. agree that all women should get a mammogram every year after they reach 40 years of age.

“Women who get annual mammograms are less likely to die of breast cancer than women who do not,” said Dr. Michael Click, chief, Women’s Imaging, Dept. of Radiology.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women after lung cancer. Thanks to improvements in early-detection methods, patient awareness and improved treatment, millions of women are surviving breast cancer today.

“We already offer self-referral for appointments, but want to go that one step further this October by providing the walk-in mammography service,” Allen said. “We want to reach out to as many of our patients as possible, to ensure they receive this vital service when it is needed most — each and every year after 40.”

Since 1985, mammogram rates have more than doubled for women ages 50 and older, and breast cancer deaths have declined. If all women age 40 and older took advantage of early detection methods — mammograms plus clinical breast examinations — breast cancer death rates would drop much further.

This fact is especially important for women older than 65 who are less likely to get mammograms even though breast cancer risk increases with age.

Mammogram Appointments

Walk-in clinic for mammograms will be held 8 a.m.-noon; Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26; in the Radiology Dept., TAMC.

The Schofield Barracks Health Clinic and TAMC have self-referral programs for women 40 and older who are patients of the Internal Medicine or Family Practice clinics. Women can walk into Radiology and schedule their own mammogram appointment, or call the TAMC appointment line at 433-2778; dial options 8 and 5.


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