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A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast. It can be used to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease. It can also be used if you have a lump or other sign of breast cancer.
Screening mammography is the type of mammogram that checks you when you have no symptoms. It can help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer among women ages 40 to 70. But it can also have drawbacks. Mammograms can sometimes find something that looks abnormal but isn't cancer. This leads to further testing and can cause you anxiety. Sometimes mammograms can miss cancer when it is there. It also exposes you to radiation. The National Cancer Institute recommends that women age 40 or older have screening mammograms every 1 to 2 years.
Mammograms are also recommended for younger women who have symptoms of breast cancer or who have a high risk of the disease.
When you have a mammogram, you stand in front of an x-ray machine. The person who takes the x-rays places your breast between two plastic plates. The plates press your breast and make it flat. This may be uncomfortable, but it helps get a clear picture. You should get a written report of your mammogram results within 30 days.
NIH: National Cancer Institute
|Definition (NCI_CDISC)||A type of radiography used specifically to examine breast tissue. The procedure utilizes a low-dose of x-rays or radiation to generate an image.|
|Definition (NCI)||A low voltage X-ray photograph of the breast generally done to detect breast cancer. This method is also valuable in diagnosis of benign abnormal conditions of the breast such as fibroadenoma, mastitis, abscess, and cysts.|
|Definition (NCI_NCI-GLOSS)||The use of film or a computer to create a picture of the breast.|
|Definition (NCI_NCI-GLOSS)||An x-ray of the breast.|
|Definition (NCI)||A type of radiography used specifically to examine breast tissue. The procedure utilizes a low-dose of x-rays or radiation to generate an image. A mammography exam or mammogram, is used as a screening tool to detect early breast cancer in women experiencing no symptoms and to detect and diagnose breast disease.|
|Definition (MSH)||Radiographic examination of the breast.|
|Definition (CSP)||radiography of the mammary gland.|
|Concepts||Diagnostic Procedure (T060)|
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|Spanish||examen radiográfico de la mama, mamografía (procedimiento), mamografía, Mamografía|