The Importance of Annual Mammograms

Dr. Sirinya Prasertvit
A woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes, but early detection and treatment are possible with annual mammograms and routine self exams. Dr. Sirinya Prasertvit, a surgeon at the CHI St. Vincent Little Rock Diagnostic Clinic, answers some of the most common questions about the importance of mammograms in detecting breast cancer.

What is the purpose of a mammogram? 

“A mammogram is an x-ray image of the breast in which our goal is to try to find breast cancers when they’re as small as possible.” 

At what age should women start getting mammograms? 

“For most women, mammogram screenings should start at the age of 40.” 

How often should women receive a mammogram? 

“Once a year is the schedule that we suggest for most women, but those who have high risk factors may need more frequent screenings.”

Are mammograms still necessary if I’m performing self exams?

“Regular self-exams are a great practice to get into, but they can’t replace a professional mammogram with your doctor.” 

What resources are available at the CHI St. Vincent Breast Center for breast cancer patients?

“Here at CHI St. Vincent, we have a women’s health focused team that provides everything from education and screening to surgeries.” 

To learn more about the importance of annual mammograms and how breast cancer is screened, diagnosed and treated, schedule an appointment at the CHI St. Vincent Breast Center in Little Rock.