Mammogram

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May 30, 2010

WHEN: Although a recent report said mammograms aren't needen for most women younger than 50, other reputable organizations recommend that women 40 and older get the test every one to two years. Women who are at higher than average risk, including those witha a family history of breast cancer, should consider beginning mammographies before age 40.
WHY YOU NEED IT: The test detects changes in women who otherwise have no symptoms or observable breast abnormalities.
HOW IT WORKS: The breasts are compressed between two glass or plastic plates while a technician captures images via X-rays.

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