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Five important things to file away about mammograms…

Besides “get one!”

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There is a good time to start. Most doctors and health providers recommend that women get a mammogram once a year, beginning at age 40. If you’re at high risk for breast cancer, with a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, you may need to start having annual mammograms at a younger age. Discuss this with your health care provider.

1. They can save your life. Early detection is crucial for reducing risk of dying by 25-30% or more.

2. There is no need to fear them. Mammograms are fast  (done in 20 minutes or less, usually) and are minimally uncomfortable for most women. It is a safe procedure, with minimal  radiation, and most centers will give you results before you leave.

3. Mammography is still the most important detection tool, but other things are important as well. Don’t forget to do breast self-exams and have clinical breast examinations on a regular basis.

4. Don’t assume the worst. An unusual result may require further testing (1 in t10 women), but may times biopsies or further tests will turn out to be normal . More information is always key.

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