When To Get a Mammogram
A mammography is a procedure for detecting breast cancer using low-dose x rays. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists breast cancer screening guidelines recommend mammography screening be offered annually to women beginning at age 40.
Quality mammograms are important because they show irregularities in the breast long before they can be seen or felt by you or your doctor. Tiny micro-calcifications (my-kro-kal-si-fuh-kay-shuns) can be seen even before they have time to form into a lump. How the mammogram is performed and how well the film is read may affect the results. Be sure to so ask questions about certification and standards of the center you use.
For more information about mammograms, visit The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website.