Your Guide to Mammograms

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In screening for breast cancer, mammograms can be a useful tool to find breast cancer when it is early and potentially most curable. Professional societies differ in their recommendations, but most suggest starting mammography between ages 40 and 50, and screening at regular intervals for 15 to 20 years or longer, depending on the patient’s health and other risk factors.

Screening may start earlier or include other test methods, such as 3D mammography (tomosynthesis), ultrasound or breast MRI in patients with dense breasts or a family history of breast cancer. Each woman should discuss screening with her physician to decide what method is best for her.

If you are having a mammogram for the first time, you may have questions about what to expect before and after. You may also have questions about techniques, age guidelines and other screening concerns.

This guide will include information about:

  • Types of mammograms
  • Benefits and risks of mammograms
  • Where to get mammograms
  • More


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