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Why do you need a mammogram?

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Mammograms are performed as part of a regular physical exam to provide a baseline reference for future comparison or to evaluate any unusual changes in the breast.

A mammogram can help your health care provider decide if a lump, growth, or change in your breast needs further testing. The mammogram is also used to look for lumps that are too small to be felt during a physical exam.

From: Breast Cancer and Mammograms WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: The American Cancer Society. Journal of the American Medical Association.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 17, 2017

SOURCE: The American Cancer Society. Journal of the American Medical Association.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 17, 2017

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