Mammogram Breast Cancer Screening and Early Detection

Learn How Screening Mammograms Help Protect Your Breast Health

Nurse preparing patient for mammogram.
Mammograms for breast cancer detection. Echo / Getty Images

A mammogram is the gold standard for breast cancer screening and early detection. Mammograms can help detect 85 to 90% of all breast cancers, even before you can feel a lump. The U. S. Health and Human Services Department guidelines recommend that women aged 40 to 49 should have mammograms every 1 to 2 years, aged 50 to 74 every other year, and only as needed if you're over 75. Exceptions to this are determined by personal and family health history of breast and ovarian cancer.

Consult your doctor anytime you have breast health concerns.

Find a Mammography Clinic and Weigh Your Risks and Benefits

Having a Mammogram

Features That May Show Up on Your Mammogram

Findings on a Mammogram

Most findings that are seen on a mammogram are benign (not cancerous). Several of these types of benign breast lumps may cause discomfort, but they are not life-threatening.

Mammogram Technology

Mammography is improving in safety and accuracy, thanks to new developments in technology.

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