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A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast. Screening mammograms are used to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease. Diagnostic mammograms are used to check for breast cancer after a lump or other sign or symptom of the disease has been found.
• Screening mammography can help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer among women ages 40 to 70.
• Potential harms of screening mammography include false-negative results, false-positive results, overdiagnosis, overtreatment, and radiation exposure.
• The National Cancer Institute recommends that women age 40 or older have screening mammograms every 1 to 2 years.
What is the best method of detecting breast cancer as early as possible?
Getting a high-quality screening mammogram and having a clinical breast exam (an exam done by a health care provider) on a regular basis are the most effective ways to detect breast cancer early.
How much does a mammogram cost?
For most women with private insurance, the cost of screening mammograms is covered without copayments or deductibles, but women should contact their mammography facility or health insurance company for confirmation of the cost and coverage.
Don’t hesitate to get your mammogram, call Imaging @ St. Joseph’s today at 315.423.4960.
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