What is a mammogram?
Mammography is the use of low energy X-rays to detect suspicious breast tissue to prevent or diagnose breast cancer.
Why is it important to get a mammogram?
- Early detection – women over 40 YO as a Pre-Disease Survey Test (see Screening >>)
- Woman with breast cancer risk factors –
- Women with breast cancer symptoms (see breast cancer symptoms >>)
How is the test done?
- The test is non-invasive and no preparation should be done in advance.
- Clothes and jewelery must be removed and the breast placed on the test surface of the machine.
- Sometimes there is a minor pain in the breast due to machine stress on breast surface
- The whole process took about fifteen minutes.
Below is a picture of woman receives mammogram
An African-American female technician positions a Caucasian woman at an imaging machine to receive a mammogram. Creator: Rhoda Baer
Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash
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