According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, getting regular mammograms has helped reduce breast cancer mortality in the United States by …“ since 1990. Still haven€™t gotten your first mammogram?
Here are a few facts about mammograms every woman should know:
- Both breast exams and mammograms are vital to early detection – 85 percent of lesions can be detected with a mammogram. However, in order to make sure you are 100 percent protected, women should get both a breast exam and a mammogram.
- Mammograms are important even if you don€™t have a family history of breast cancer – A majority of women who develop breast cancer do not have a family history of it. Start getting mammograms every two years after the age of 40 regardless of family history.
- There are two types of mammograms available – Screening mammograms are done for women who have not detected a lump or any symptoms of breast cancer. It involves doing two x-rays of each breast. Diagnostic mammograms are done when a lump has been found with a regular breast exam.
- Women with breast implants can get mammograms – Worried your breast implant might be an issue when going to get a mammogram? As long as you notify the radiologist prior to the mammogram, there shouldn€™t be an issue. While breast implants hide some tissue, the radiologist or technician will be able to x-ray the breasts at different angles to see as much as possible.
- Both false positives and false negatives are possible with a mammogram – False negatives are most common in younger women due to dense breast tissue. but it€™s not likely. False positives can happen in women who have had breast biopsies in the past and women who are taking estrogen.