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How often should women get a mammogram?

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Updated April 16, 2014

Question: How often should women get a mammogram?
A screening mammogram is an x-ray of the breast used to detect breast changes in women who have no signs or symptoms of breast cancer. Two X-rays are taken of each breast. It is possible for a mammogram to detect tumors that cannot be felt, calcifications that can indicate breast cancer.
Answer: Mammograms should be part of every woman's preventaitve healthcare. No if's, and's, or but's about it. However many women don't know at what to get a mammogram or how often to get one.

According ot the National Cancer Institute, women in their 40s and older should have mammograms every 1 to 2 years.

Women with an elevated risk of breast cancer need to talk to thier doctor about how often and when to get a mammogram. Increased risk can be because of personal and family history of breast cancer, genetic mutations, and other factors.
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