by Eleanor Broaddus, RN, CBHN, CN-BN
Lexington Clinic Center for Breast Care

Each year thousands of women decide to put-off their annual mammogram. Many think missing just one year isn’t that bad and they will simply make it up next year. But that decision isn’t just dangerous, it can be deadly!

Research by the Centers for Disease Control suggests that as many as 66 percent of women over age 40 in the US are getting regular mammograms, but that number could be and should be much higher.

Mammograms are the gold standard when it comes to breast cancer detection. This screening process can identify potential cancers in women long before they can be seen or felt otherwise, and can dramatically increase the survival rate if cancer is present.

Statistics show that if providers are able to find and identify a cancer when it is less than one centimeter in size and there are no metastases to lymph nodes, there is a 100 percent survival rate.

Delaying screening for even just one year can allow cancers to grow up to double in size and in turn dramatically decrease the risk of survival.

Women ages 40 and up should get mammograms annually. Women with a family history of breast cancer may need to begin screenings earlier than 40 and should speak with their doctor.

Lexington Clinic offers mammogram screenings and other advanced screenings to help detect breast cancers in women. For more information about testing or to schedule a screening exam, please call (859) 258-4444 or visit
Eleanor Broaddus, RN, CBHN, CN-BN brings more than 37 years of nursing experience to her role as Nurse Navigator. Working as educator and advocate, she navigates the patient through a difficult and overwhelming experience. She is involved in the annual Breast Care Conference working with physicians from disciplines that include Mammography, Hematology/Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Pathology, and Surgery. A valuable liaison between physician and patient, Eleanor maintains communication as a patient advocate to Lexington Clinic's Center for Breast Care