There are two types of mammograms, a procedure that checks for abnormalities like lumps and masses in the breast: screening and diagnostic. In the former, each breast is X-rayed in two different positions: from top to bottom and from side to side. Questionable abnormalities sometimes require additional evaluation -- diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasound, and/or needle biopsy. A diagnostic mammogram focuses on an area of breast tissue that appeared abnormal in a screening mammogram. Mammograms are 85% to 95% accurate and will be falsely negative in up to 15% of patients. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about mammograms, when they are needed, what they show, and much more.
Digital Mammograms: A Clearer Picture
WebMD explains the pros and cons of digital and film mammograms -- how they are different, and who benefits from each one.
Breast Cancer Detection and Diagnosis
How would you know if you had breast cancer? Learn more from WebMD about breast cancer detection.
Menopause and Mammograms
WebMD looks at the importance of mammogram screening for breast cancer during and after menopause.
Using Mammograms to Detect Breast Cancer
WebMD explains how mammograms are performed and why they're important in detecting breast cancer.
The Risks of Routine Cancer Screening
As cancer screening becomes more common, more apparently healthy people are told they may have early-stage cancer. Harm comes from overtreatment and false-positive results. Are lives really saved? WebMD investigates.
Mammogram Guidelines and Recommendations: Deciding When to Start Mammography Screening
WebMD discusses current mammogram recommendations and how to better understand when to start your mammography screenings.
Mammogram Fears? What to Expect, How It's Done, and More
Afraid of an abnormal mammogram? Think you're not at risk for breast cancer? WebMD explains why mammogram benefits outweigh these and other excuses.
Think Pink: Get Your Mammogram
There are more screening options than ever before , so make that mammogram appointment -- today.
What They Don’t Tell You About Mammograms
A mammogram scans your breast tissue for any signs of cancer. But does it hurt? Women share stories from their first screenings.
Mammograms - How Often?
Laura Corio, MD, explains how often a woman should have a mammogram.
Mammogram: Preparing For Your Breast Exam
Oct 17th is National Mammogram Day. Make your appointment and use our tips to make the procedure less scary and painful.
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Checkups and Tests You Shouldn't Miss
When's the last time you had your cholesterol, blood pressure, or weight checked? Learn which medical tests and screenings you should have and how often you should have them.
A Visual Guide to Breast Cancer
This overview covers the breast cancer experience, including symptoms, tests, treatments, recovery, and prevention. Pictures show breast structure and tumors.
Essential Screening Tests for Women
WebMD guides women through health screenings their doctor may recommend based on their age and risk factors. Screening tests may help find diseases or conditions like cancer or diabetes early, when they are easier to treat.