Mammograms are the easiest way to protect your breast health.
A mammogram is an X-ray image of your breast. It's used to find and diagnose breast disease. A mammogram may be done if you have breast problems such as a lump, pain, or nipple discharge or as a screening test if you don’t have breast problems. It can check for breast cancers, noncancerous or benign tumors, and cysts before they can be felt.
Here's what we know for sure: mammograms save lives.
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How is a mammogram done?
X-rays of the breast are different from X-rays for other parts of your body. The breast is squeezed, or compressed, by the mammogram equipment. This spreads the breast tissue apart. Because of this, the radiation dose is lower. You may feel some mild pain when your breast is compressed. But this pressure is needed to keep the radiation level low. It also helps take the best picture of your breast tissue. The compression only lasts for a few seconds for each image of your breast. A breast health nurse or X-ray tech takes the X-rays. The X-rays are read by a radiologist. He/she gives the results to your healthcare provider.
Mammograms can also be done with the help of a computer to make digital images. Digital mammograms are done the same way as a standard mammogram. Learn more
What conditions does a mammogram show?
A mammogram can show calcifications, which are tiny mineral deposits in the breast tissue, and masses of all sizes.
Should I get a screening mammogram?
If you're 40 and at average risk for breast cancer, schedule your mammogram today. Mammograms should be done every year for women ages 40 to 54. Then you can switch to mammograms every 2 years or continue annual mammograms.
If you're under/over 40 and at higher risk for breast cancer, talk with your provider about:
Starting screening mammograms earlier
Having additional tests such as a breast ultrasound or MRI
Having mammograms more often
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Scheduling your mammogram has never been easier!
- No referral needed if you're 40 and above
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