A malignant tumor
of the breast is
pictured in this

This closeup view
of the tumor also
shows a small white
image which is a
B.B. that marks
where the lump is


Mammography is the most effective means of detecting breast cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage. Having a mammogram may be the key to the successful treatment and cure of breast cancer, which claims more than 45,000 lives each year.

A mammogram is an x-ray picture that visualizes the internal structure of the breast. There are two types of mammograms: diagnostic and screening mammograms. A screening mammogram is used in the general population. It can find breast cancer that is too small for you, your doctor, or nurse to feel. A standard screening mammogram actually consists of 4 x-rays: a top view and a side view of each breast. Each is made using a special, low-radiation machine that is designed just for mammograms. The x-rays are examined by a radiologist who is trained to look for abnormalities in the breast tissue.

The American College of Radiology, the American Cancer Society, and nearly a dozen other health care organizations have endorsed a set of guidelines for mammography screening. The present guidelines say that beginning by age 40 women without symptoms should have a mammogram every one to two years and a clinical breast exam every year. Beginning at age 50, women without symptoms should have a mammogram and a clinical breast exam yearly.

Diagnostic mammography is used to get a clearer picture of abnormalities that may have already been identified, or define any other problems with the breast. 


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