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Breast Cancer Screening – Mammogram

Detecting Breast Cancer

What is a mammogram?

A radiology technician compresses your breasts between plastic plates of a mammography machine while he or she takes X-rays of your breast tissue.

Why should I get a mammogram?

To detect breast lumps or suspicious changes or calcifications when they're too small to be detected by physical examination. These small lumps can be the first finding of early-stage breast cancer.

How often should I get a mammogram?

Every one to two years after age 40, depending on your risk. Annually after age 50.

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