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Mammogram  

What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is an imaging test that is done to look for any abnormalities, or medical problems, with a woman's breasts. The test uses a special x-ray machine to take pictures of both breasts. Results of mammograms are recorded on film that your healthcare provider can examine.

The purpose of mammograms is to look for breast lumps and changes in breast tissue that may develop into problems over time. Mammograms can find small lumps or growths that a healthcare provider or woman can't feel when doing a physical breast exam. Breast lumps or growths can be benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer).

If a lump is found, a healthcare provider will order a biopsy, a test where a small amount of tissue is taken from the lump and the area around the lump. The tissue is sent to a lab to look for cancer cells or changes that may suggest cancer is likely to develop.

Finding breast cancer early means that a woman has a better chance of surviving the disease. There are also more treatment options when breast cancer is detected early.


Questions Related to Mammogram
Do mammograms prevent breast cancer?
I have had a mastectomy, but the cancer has been in remission for 2 years. Should I get a mammogram on the other breast?
Who should get a mammogram? When? How often?
If mammograms are so good at detecting nonsymptomatic tumors, why should I bother with a monthly breast self exam (BSE)?
I have breast implants. How can I get properly screened?
Are there different types of mammograms?
What is a digital mammogram? Is it better than a film mammogram?
Are mammograms safe?
How is a mammogram performed?
How can I get ready for my mammogram?
Are there any problems with mammography?
Are mammograms painful?
Where should I get a mammogram?
What if my health insurance does not cover mammograms?
I don't have health insurance. Where can I get a free or low-cost mammogram?
How often should I get a mammogram?
How long until you get the results of your mammogram?
What is an ultrasound? What is ultrasonography? When are these procedures recommended as an examination of the breast?
Why are mammograms not recommended for women under 30?
Does the radiation from a mammogram cause cancer?
How accurate are mammograms?
Are mammograms less accurate if you are significantly overweight?
What is "implantation displacement view?"
I have heard of the Eklund Technique for women with breast implants. What is the Eklund Technique exactly?
I've heard that mammograms can cause implants to burst. Is this true?
Are MRIs better than mammograms for screening young women with a high breast cancer risk?
Should I get a mammogram if I am pregnant?
What happens if a woman detects an abnormality while she is nursing?
What is breast thermography? Does it give accurate results? Is it used in combination with or instead of mammography?
What is a sonogram? What is the purpose of a sonogram? What do the results of a sonogram mean?
What is a spot compression mammogram?
What is spot compression?
I am breastfeeding my child. Can I have a mammogram?
How can I find and participate in a clinical trial on screening for breast cancer?
What is the SureTouch Visual Mapping System?
What is a clinical breast exam with tactile sensing technology?
What does a Category 0 mammogram result mean?
What does a Category 0/Level 4 result of a mammogram mean?
What does a Category 1 mammogram result mean?
What does a Category 2 mammogram result mean?
What does a Category 3 mammogram result mean?
What does a Category 4 mammogram result mean?
What does a Category 5 mammogram result mean?
How effective are mammograms in detecting breast cancer?
What is a clinical breast exam?
How often should I get a clinical breast exam?
What does screening mean?

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