A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast. You will get both breasts x-rayed from the front and from the side. Afterwards, a radiologist (a doctor with special training) will read the mammogram. The doctor reading your mammogram will be looking for different types of breast changes, such as small white spots called calcifications, abnormal areas called masses, and other suspicious findings that could be signs of cancer. A mammography reduces the risk of death due to breast cancer. It is useful for detecting all types of breast cancer, including invasive ductal and invasive lobular cancer. It improves a physician’s ability to detect small tumors. The use of mammography also increases the detection of non caner related ailments.
What is a mammography used for?
- Detection of breast cancer
- Detection of small abnormal tissue growths confined to the milk ducts in the breast, called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
- Non cancerous calcifications (calcium deposits) that are common in women over the age of 50 and may be due to breast injuries, an aging breast, or inflammation
- Masses such as cysts, fibroadenomas, or a cancerous tumor
It is highly recommended that women over the age of 40 get annual mammograms to detect early signs of breast cancer and maintain beast health. It is also highly advisable that women that have history of breast cancer within their family behind getting mammograms beginning at 30.
Prevention is better than cure and early detection can be a boon to you your wellbeing. We at ACCORD Hospitals have highly skilled technicians and renowned consultants that will help perform your test seamlessly and evaluate your test results.
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