What is mammography?
Mammography (also known as mastography) is an X-ray of one's breast. A mammography exam, often known as a mammogram, is the medical procedure examines the human breast for cancer detection and screening using low-energy X-rays. It aims to early detect location of breast disease by finding trademark masses or microcalcification (a little calcium deposit in the breast). Such breast cancer screening is called a screening mammogram or mammography screening.
What are mammogram recommendations?
- Mammography must be done regularly between 54 and 70.
- Some studies suggest that the screening should start at 40 years of age and continue to 69 years.
- Screening should be done as long as a woman is in excellent health and expects to live for another 10 years or more.
What are the dangers of mammography?
- Exposure to low dose radiation
- This procedure may be painful
- Screening mammography may not detect all cancers, as breast tissue is dense.
- Not all screened cancers are curable