Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray exam of the breast taken to look for changes that are not normal. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this important tool in the fight against breast cancer in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast. The National Cancer Institute recommends that women age 40 and older have mammograms every one to two years.

Women who are at higher than average risk of breast cancer should talk with their health care providers about whether to have mammograms before age 40 and how often to have them.

Mammograms can be used to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease. This type of mammogram is called a screening mammogram.

Mammograms can also be used to check for breast cancer after a lump or other sign or symptom of the disease has been found. This type of mammogram is called a diagnostic mammogram. A diagnostic mammogram can also be used to evaluate changes found during a screening mammogram.

Early detection of breast cancer with screening mammography means that treatment can be started earlier in the course of the disease, possibly before it has spread.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.