What is a Mammogram?
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Aside from skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United states, and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths. Each year, about 30% of all new female cancer diagnoses are breast cancer. Early detection of breast cancer can increase the likelihood of successful treatment, tremendously. The American Cancer Society recommends the following for screening:
What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breasts that is used to find early signs of breast cancer. During a mammogram, the breasts are placed on top of a plastic plate, and another plastic plate flattens the breasts from above. The plates will hold the breasts in place while the x-ray is taken, which only lasts a few moments. Your x-ray image will be sent to a radiology team who reads the image, and delivers back your results within a few weeks. Regular mammograms are the best way to catch breast cancer early – they can detect breast cancer up to three years before it can be felt.
If you have questions about mammograms or when to get screened, talk with your provider today!
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