What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is a woman’s number one defense against breast cancer. During a mammogram, the breasts are examined under a low dose x-ray. A specialized medical image is created that allows your doctor to see inside the breast. This provides a means to detect any masses or abnormalities that could be a sign of breast cancer before you experience any signs of symptoms. Early detection saves lives, which is why this procedure is crucial for women.
Who needs to get one?
Mammograms are necessary for women over 40, as well as younger women who have a family history of breast or other cancers. Prior to getting mammograms, self breast exams and annual breast exams should be done, and a mammogram can be prescribed sooner if anything stands out as needing to be examined further.
How often do I need one?
Along with regular self breast exams to notice any changes or lumps, a mammogram should be done annually.