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What is involved in a mammogram screening?

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A technician will position your breast between two plates, then flatten and compress it to get a better image. Each breast is X-rayed in two different positions: from top to bottom and side to side. It can be uncomfortable, but the entire process takes about 20 minutes. Then the images get checked for possible signs of cancer.

From: Breast Cancer and Mammogram Results WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

WomensHealth.gov: ''Mammogram Fact Sheet.''  

Friedewald, S, , June 2014 Journal of the American Medical Association

National Cancer Institute: “Mammograms.”

BreastCancer.org “Combining 3-D and Digital Mammograms Appears to Find More Cancers With Fewer False Positives”

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: “Breast Cancer Screening.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Breast Health.”

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Breast Cancer screening (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 17, 2017

SOURCES:

WomensHealth.gov: ''Mammogram Fact Sheet.''  

Friedewald, S, , June 2014 Journal of the American Medical Association

National Cancer Institute: “Mammograms.”

BreastCancer.org “Combining 3-D and Digital Mammograms Appears to Find More Cancers With Fewer False Positives”

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: “Breast Cancer Screening.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Breast Health.”

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Breast Cancer screening (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 17, 2017

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