Given social distancing guidelines and shelter-in-place mandates, many people have avoided annual checkups amid the COVID-19 pandemic. One radiologist cautions that mammograms shouldn’t fall into this category, however.

Dr. Magda Ghobashy, breast radiologist and medical director of Houston Methodist Breast Care Center at The Woodlands, knows many women have put off getting their yearly mammogram because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but she says it’s now time to get it done.

“Concerns of safety should not discourage women from getting an annual mammogram. The purpose of this yearly exam is to detect very tiny cancers that cannot be felt by touch,” Ghobashy said. “Identifying breast cancer early is incredibly important, as we know that early detection improves a woman’s overall prognosis and often results in less aggressive treatment options.”

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