Ladies, and gentlemen, we have to be proactive when it comes to our health.

Starting at age 45, women should get mammograms every year until they reach age 55.

After age 55, women should get tested every two years unless instructed differently by a physician.

A mammogram is the most common test for breast cancer.

The procedure can detect cysts, breast cancer, lumps and benign tumors before they are even detected by touch.

The examination can take between 20 and 30 minutes.

A medical gown is worn from the waist up during the procedure.

The X-ray technician will place the patient’s breast on top of the X-ray plate while another is placed on top.

Compression is needed to get a good visualization of the breast.

The procedure is usually pain free with minor discomfort during the compression.

A recent study published on breastcancer.org proves that, in 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,960 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.

Don’t wait. Be productive when it comes to your health. Talk to your physician and learn what you can do to make sure you are prepared for any risk you may face in the future.

Our View is the opinion of the Times-Journal’s editorial board, which includes Publisher Tricia Dunne and Managing Editor Kayla Beaty.

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