Another article I found by Robert Preidt (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_135661.html) For Older Women, Misses Mammograms Tied to Worse Breast Cancer Outcomes says that a new study suggests “older women diagnosed with breast cancer years after their last mammogram, and those who never had a mammogram, have an increased risk of dying from their cancer.”
Another quotation I also found interesting is “The study also found that a longer interval between a mammogram and breast cancer diagnosis was associated with an increased risk of dying from breast cancer among women aged 75 and older.” This study suggests that prevention can only occur when women help themselves. If women, elderly especially, miss their mammograms, don’t get them, or simply wait a few months longer to get them, those women themselves are increasing their chances of getting breast cancer.
The article demonstrates that it is extremely important, especially for the elderly, to have regular check-ups because this is part of the prevention of disease and illnesses. Doctors urge their patients to help themselves by having mammograms because early detection is the key to being as healthy as you can be. If elderly women miss check-ups, it is possible that they may already be too late.