A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast which looks for abnormalities related to breast cancer. Mammograms are a useful tool in the fight against breast cancer, in that they’re able to detect tumors long before they can be felt, and long before any other symptoms occur.
The National Cancer Institute suggests that women 40 and over have a mammogram performed every 1 to 2 years. Those with a heightened risk who have a family history of breast cancer or other specific factors should be tested earlier.
If you’re a female over age 40 and have never had a mammogram, or are under 40 but feel you may be at an elevated risk for breast cancer, contact your doctor today.
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