One man’s explanation: Why you should get a mammogram.

There are plenty of things out there that should officially be classified as a “waste of time.” Potential nominees from my court would include playing video games if you’re over the age of 18, curling, waiting in line at any government-run facility, and eating candy that’s intentionally flavored to taste like something other than candy.

Mammograms, however, don’t make the list. Whether you’re female or male (yeah guys, you might need one of these at some point), early detection of breast cancer with a screening mammography is never a bad thing. Here are all the sobering reasons why, if you’re over 40, you really shouldn’t waste any more time:

• About 1 in 8 U.S. women (just under 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

• In 2011, an estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S.

• For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.

• Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. Just under 30% of cancers in women are breast cancers.

• About 2,140 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in men in 2011. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.

Mountain View Hospital provides you with the very latest in digital mammography technology, which is both faster and more accurate than traditional mammograms. They also perform special high-risk breast screenings for patients with a family history of breast cancer.

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