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Should Your Elderly Loved One Get a Mammogram?

By Dr. Uchechi Wosu Isirimah – Owner | October 18, 2018

Elderly Care in Woodbridge VA: Senior Mammogram


Being proactive is an important part of taking care of your health, and as a family caregiver, it is an important part of helping your senior take care of their own health.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means you are likely thinking about your parent’s risk for this disease, and how you can help them to be proactive about their health, and their risk. A mammogram is a screening used to detect changes in the breast that could indicate the presence of cancer. As you are caring for your elderly parent, you may be wondering when they may need a mammogram, and if this is something they should undergo.

The frequency with which people should undergo cancer screenings depends on the type of cancer.
It also varies from person to person, with a variety of factors going into any type of screening, including a mammogram, and if it is right for them. Women who are between the ages of 45 and 54 should receive mammograms every year. After that, the recommendation changes. For those women over the age of 54, doctors recommend a personal approach to screenings. Your senior can choose to continue getting mammograms every year, or they can switch to every two years. These screenings are only recommended, however, for those who are in good health and expected to live for at least 10 years.

It is important for your aging parent to talk to their doctor about their health, and whether a mammogram might be right for them. They should be aware that mammogram is not the only form of screening or insight into breast cancer, and there may be other or additional tests the doctor recommends for their needs.


How can elder care help?

Elder care can be a valuable addition to the care routine for a senior or an elderly adult living with cancer. This elderly home care services provider can offer your parent a customized set of services designed to not only help them manage their cancer symptoms but also to maintain their highest quality of life possible. This can include companionship and support to boost their mental and emotional health, transportation to appointments, assistance with activities of daily living to help them save energy for other things, and medication reminders to help them stay compliant.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring  Elderly Care in Woodbridge, VA, please contact the caring staff at BrightHope Home Care and Senior Care today. Call us at 703-595-2878  ~ We serve all of Northern VA.




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