What is a Mammogram?
A mammogram is a specific type of breast diseases in women. This quick medical exam uses a noninvasive X-ray targeted to each breast, producing pictures that your doctor can use to indentify and treat any abnormal areas possibly indicating the presence of cancer.
Annual mammograms can detect cancer early – when it is most treatable in fact, mammograms show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. Mammograms can also need for extensive treatment for advanced cancers and improve changes of breast conservation.
- Even for women 50+, skipping mammogram every other year would miss up to 30% of cancers.
- ¾ of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease and are not considered high risk.
- Mammography has helped reduce breast cancer mortality in the U.S by nearly 40% since 1990.
- 1 in 6 breast cancer occur in women aged 40-49.
- For every 1,000 women who have screening mammogram:
- 100 are recalled to get more mammography or ultrasound images.
- 20 are recommended for a needle biopsy.
- 5 are diagnosed with breast cancer.
If you are a woman 40 years old or older and you don’t have a Mammogram for more than a year ask your Primary Care Physician about this test.
Screening mammography for women, with or without clinical breast examination, every 1 to 2 years for women age 40 years and older.