What is a mammogram?
A mammogram, also known as a mammography, is a screening method that screens the breast tissue for cancer (breast cancer) through the use of a specialised X-ray. These are a vital element in diagnosing breast cancer in the early stages, together with monthly self-examinations of the breast and regular clinical exams.
After skin cancer, breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women. Depending on age and family history, your risk for breast cancer may be higher.
Doctors recommend that women over 40 should undergo a mammogram every second year. If you have a breast cancer history personally or in your family, your doctor may suggest that your screenings be more regular, he or she may also suggest the use of further diagnostic tools.
A mammogram is able to be used to screen or diagnose the breast for cancer. If detected in the early stages, the cancer can be treated and cured. It is important to note that mammograms do not cure cancer or reduce the risk of developing the condition, they are only a detection method.