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. You can manage this risk by doing self breast exams and getting regular breast cancer screenings. For the most protection, you'll want the right type of screening for your individual risk level and needs. The sooner you get to breast cancer, the better your odds of survival.