Breast Cancer Screening Saves Lives

When a woman at the end of breast cancer treatment says, “That was easier than I thought it would be,” Dr. Carolyn Rutter knows early detection is usually what made the difference.

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Catching breast cancer before it is large or spreads outside breast tissue saves lives, said Dr. Rutter, a radiation oncologist with Benefis Sletten Cancer Institute.

That is why Benefis emphasizes breast cancer screening as an important component of women’s health. The goal is to find cancer before it starts causing symptoms.

Women ages 50 to 75 should have a mammogram, an X-ray of the breast, at least every other year, if not every year. Women ages 40 to 50 and older than 75 should discuss the right mammogram schedule with their doctor.

Annual wellness appointments with primary care doctors also typically includes a breast check where a doctor or nurse feels for lumps. If you need a primary care doctor or want to schedule an appointment, call (406) 731-8394 or visit our online scheduler. []

Women also are advised to check their own breasts for new lumps, pain, and other changes that may be a cause for concern.