Screening mammography is recommended every year for women beginning at age 40 by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) advises women who have had breast cancer and those who are at increased risk due to a family history of breast cancer to seek expert medical advice about the frequency of screening and whether they should begin screening before age 40.
Your mammogram may demonstrate that you have dense breast tissue, which could hide small abnormalities. If you have dense breast tissue, you might benefit from supplementary screening tests which can include a breast ultrasound screening, tomosynthesis or a breast MRI examination, depending on your individual risk factors. Women should see their radiologist or primary care doctor to determine when to begin and how often to undergo breast cancer screening.
Clinical Breast Examination
In a clinical breast exam, the doctor carefully feels the breasts and underarm area for lumps or anything else unusual. Women may also perform a breast self-exam by checking their own breasts for lumps or changes in size or shape. The clinical breast exam and breast self-exam can help women become more familiar with the regular look and feel of their breasts and more readily identify changes. If you feel a lump in your breast or have other reasons for concern, you need to tell your health care provider.
To schedule a mammogram call 217-876-1111.
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