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Why You Shouldn’t Delay Your Mammogram This Year

Over the past several months, COVID-19 has affected many parts of our lives. As we’ve all worked to adjust to the changes we’ve been faced with, many Arkansans have resumed their regular appointments, tests, checkups, and procedures. Baptist Health has never been safer, and our top priority, as always, is protecting the health and safety of our patients and providers.

One important exam that we at Baptist Health want to encourage every woman over 40 not to delay this year is their annual mammogram. Mammograms are too important to the early detection of breast cancer to put off for another time or another year.

1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, and the most important screening tool that we have for detecting breast cancer is a mammogram. 

Even if you have no symptoms, don’t hesitate to have your annual screening mammogram. Yearly mammograms can decrease breast cancer deaths by 40% because early detection allows for treatment at the earliest possible stage.

The only way to be completely confident about your breast health is to know your risk factors, work closely with your doctor, and get regular mammograms. 

It is safe to come into Baptist Health’s Breast Centers, hospitals, and clinics for a mammography screening. All of our facilities are adhering to the strictest health and safety protocols, and are closely following the Arkansas Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more about the safety measures in place at Baptist Health’s facilities.

We must all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect ourselves, but breast cancer doesn’t stop in a pandemic. 1 in 8 can’t wait. Having your annual mammogram is as important as ever and we encourage you not to put it off.

Schedule your annual mammogram today by calling 1-888-BAPTIST (227-8478), or request an appointment online.