A mammogram is a safe, low-dose x-ray of the breast. It is currently the most effective method of detecting breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages. Early detection of breast cancer may allow more treatment options. It could mean saving your breast or your life.
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Please remember The American Cancer Society now recommends annual mammography screenings for women age 40 and over. This screening can save your life. Please contact your primary care physician before scheduling, as a prescription is required for insurance coverage. Women at high risk should have mammograms more often. The risk of breast cancer increases as a woman ages, if she has never had children, or if she had her first child after age 30. Studies also suggest that the risk may be higher for women who eat high-fat diets and those who smoke cigarettes. If you are not sure how frequently you should obtain a mammogram, consult your physician.