A mammogram is the gold standard for breast cancer screening and early detection. Mammograms can help detect 85 to 90% of all breast cancers, even before you can feel a lump. The U. S. Health and Human Services Department guidelines
recommends that women aged 40 to 49 should have mammograms every 1 to 2 years, aged 50 to 74 every other year, and only as needed if you're over 75. Exceptions to this are determined by personal and family health history of breast and ovarian cancer. Consult your doctor anytime you have breast health concerns.
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Having a Mammogram
Features That May Show Up on Your Mammogram
Findings on a Mammogram
Most findings that are seen on a mammogram are benign (not cancerous). Several of these types of benign breast lumps may cause discomfort, but they are not life threatening.
Mammography is improving in safety and accuracy, thanks to new developments in technology.