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Winter 2013

Have You Had Your Breast Cancer Screening?

Date: February 4, 2013

Group of African American women, varying ages

Early detection of breast cancer saves thousands of lives each year, which is why it’s so important for women to take advantage of breast cancer screenings. The goal of screening exams is to find cancers before they start to cause symptoms. Screening refers to tests, such as digital mammography, to detect a problem in people who do not have any symptoms.

If breast cancer is found because it’s already causing symptoms, it’s more likely to have spread beyond the breast. Cancers found at an early stage during screening exams are more likely to be smaller and confined to the breast, which improves the chances of successful treatment.

The multidisciplinary team at the Johns Hopkins Breast Center promotes the importance of breast cancer screenings and encourages women in the community to schedule an appointment for their annual mammogram.

“A woman knows her body better than anyone else,” says Mehran Habibi, M.D., surgical oncologist and medical director of the Breast Center.

“Regular physical exams and annual mammograms can go a long way in preventing the spread of disease. When cancer is detected, it’s important for a woman to know we are here and ready to take care of her.”

To schedule a mammogram or to make an appointment at the Johns Hopkins Breast Center, call 410-550-8282.