A mammogram is a simple and safe X-ray procedure used to examine breast tissue. It helps detect early signs of breast cancer, even before symptoms are noticeable. During a mammogram, your breast is gently compressed between two plates to capture detailed images. Regular mammograms are vital for early detection and peace of mind.
The frequency of mammograms depends on your age and risk factors. For women aged 50-74 with average breast cancer risk, the USPSTF recommends a mammogram every two years. If you’re between 40-49, it’s advised to consult your healthcare provider about the timing and frequency of mammograms.
You might need screenings earlier if you have a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors. Talking to your family doctor about your individual situation can help determine the best approach.
Preparing for the Mammogram:
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