Dr. Linda Greer

Dr. Linda Greer, a breast imaging specialist at Abrazo Health, and others urge women not to delay preventive screenings.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The message from Abrazo Health: Delaying care may hamper effective treatment.

“A mammogram can save a life” is the reminder this month.

Dr. Linda Greer, a breast imaging specialist at Abrazo Health, has seen the value of early detection time and again during her medical career spanning more than 25 years in Phoenix. 

“We are here to help you fight breast cancer with information, advanced technology and compassionate medical care,” she said.

“October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and with regular screenings, advances in imaging technologies are leading to more accurate diagnoses so breast cancer can be detected and treated in its earliest stages,” Greer said. 

“You should not delay preventive care, even during the pandemic.”

Nearly 80% of breast cancers occur in women with no family history or known risk factors. Cancers in younger women tend to be more aggressive, added Greer, so early detection is critical. Many women with breast cancer have had no symptoms, which makes screening so important.

The American Society of Breast Surgeons and the American College of Radiology recommend screenings as early as age 40, but those with a family history may consider being screened sooner. For women at high risk or who have been found to be positive for the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, screening should begin between the ages of 25 and 30.

“Women should be proactive about knowing their breast density and risk assessment value, and no matter their schedule, make time to get screened,” Greer said. “If you think you may be at risk, please talk to your doctor about recommendations for screenings and how often you should get them.”

Abrazo has a dedicated mammography registration phone number, 602-824-HOPE. Callers can speak directly with a scheduler, who can help plan appointments for personalized care.

For more information, visit abrazohealth.com/mammo.