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What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is a medical test that uses low-dose x-rays to examine breasts for any abnormalities.

A mammogram is the only way to detect of breast cancers before the patient or doctor can feel them (it can show changes in the breast up to two years before the cancer has even started to grow).

Mammograms are performed for two reasons:


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Important mammogram facts

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Why a mammogram is important

Mammograms are routinely performed for women over 50, who are recommended to have a mammogram every year until age 69, when risk of breast cancer reduces.

Research has shown that annual mammograms lead to early detection of breast cancers, when they are most curable and breast-conservation therapies are available.

USA guidelines recommend yearly screening mammograms for all women over 40 years of age.

Women who have a family history of breast cancer should be screened even more regularly, starting at an earlier age.


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Last reviewed: 30 September 2007 || Last updated: 14 March 2010


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Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.


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