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Women Aged 45 to 69 Urged to Have Screening Mammography Regularly

  • Date: 2018-12-13
  • Issued by: Health Bureau
預防勝於治療 呼籲45至69歲婦女定期接受乳房攝影檢查

October is the International Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Taiwan, while only 36.2% of women aged 45 to 69 in Taichung have had breast cancer screenings in the most recent two years, the Health Bureau urges women aged 45 to 69 and women aged 40 to 44 with a family history of breast cancer to take regular screening mammography.

There are about 10,000 new cases and nearly 2,000 deaths from breast cancer every year in Taiwan. According to the empirical statistics of World Health Organization, screening mammography can reduce breast cancer mortality by 20% to 30%, but about 60% of Taichung women aged 45 to 69 have not yet received screening mammography.

It has been proved that screening mammography can effectively improve early detection and prognosis of breast cancer. It can detect breast calcifications or tiny tumor and even asymptomatic stage 0 breast cancer. Mammography may cause pain and discomfort for a moment during the screening process, but it can protect long-term health.

"Prevention is better than cure." Known risk factors for breast cancer include early menarche, late menopause, nulligravida (never giving birth) or primigravida (giving birth for the first time) after 30 years old, no experience in breast-feeding, and a family history of breast cancer. Thus, women should pay more attention to whether they have the above-mentioned risks and should undergo regular screening mammography.

  • Date : 2015-10-14
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