Mammograms use low-dose X-rays to take a picture of breast tissue. A mammogram helps doctors find and diagnose breast cancer. It can also show the size and location of a lump before a biopsy or surgery.
When Should You Get a Mammogram?
If you're 50-74 years old, you should get a mammogram every two years. If you have a high risk for breast cancer, you may need to have mammograms earlier and more often.
If you're a woman, you have a 1 in 8 chance of getting breast cancer during your lifespan. You have a 1 in 35 chance of dying from breast cancer. But while these odds have increased and tools to screen for and treat breast cancer have improved in the last few decades, don't neglect your risk. You should know your risk level and perform regular breast self-exams to check for lumps as well as get checked through a breast cancer screening. With an early diagnosis, you'll have a 98% chance of making the five-year survival rate.