Tuesday, October 31, 2017
SouthCoast Health Radiologist Dr. Patricia Shapiro recently penned an opinion piece that was published in The Savannah Morning News on October 24. In it, Dr. Shapiro shares her thoughts on how aging women should continue to stay vigilante on receiving their yearly mammograms, no matter their age.
Dr. Shapiro explains that many women over the age of 70 believe they don’t need to focus on their breast cancer risk anymore, when in fact their risk usually peaks around this time.
“Breast cancer risk has no expiration date,” Dr. Shapiro explained. “In fact, being female and growing older are the biggest factors.”
Dr. Shapiro goes on to explain her experience within SouthCoast Health that showcases exactly why elderly women should be sure to check their bodies for this deadly disease.
“Inevitably, I hear this question in the examining rooms of SouthCoast Health with startling regularity: At what age can I stop getting mammograms?” shared Dr. Shapiro. “My answer always remains the same: Never.”
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