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Screening Mammography


Mammography is an X-ray procedure used to detect breast changes. Mammograms can detect tumors that are too small for you or a health professional to feel or before symptoms develop. Mammograms can't prevent breast cancer, but they reduce the risk of dying from the disease.
 

Screening mammography guidelines for women with average risk of breast cancer

Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms if they wish to do so.  The risks of screening as well as the potential benefits should be considered.

Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.

Women age 55 or older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or have the choice to continue yearly screening.

Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.

All women should be familiar with the known benefits, limitations, and potential harms associated with breast cancer screening.  They should also be familiar with how their breasts normally look and feel and report any changes to a health care provider right away.

 

 
 

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We are committed to making your screening experience comfortable and to providing timely and accurate results. No matter which Lancaster General Health facility you choose, a board-certified radiologist who specializes in breast imaging will review your screening mammogram.
 

 

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