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Do I need a mammogram every year?

Sometimes mammograms are recommended every year, less frequently or not at all.

Some experts are talking about not screening women on a yearly basis after the age of 40. If that happens, breast cancers will be missed and women are needlessly going to die. The lymph node involvement or the spread of the tumors will increase. The numbers of women who are going to need mastectomies will increase. The numbers of women that are going to need chemotherapy are going to increase. So, many experts do advocate the changes that have been talked about and believe screening should continue every year after the age of 40.

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Beginning at the age of 40, all women should have an annual mammogram to check for breast cancer. The mammogram remains the most important screening device in the detection of breast cancer and it probably saves thousands of lives every year. Depending on a woman’s personal risk, her physician may recommend she begin annual mammograms before the age of 40. A revolutionary way to perform mammograms combining traditional mammography with 3D technology, called digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), allows for more accurate pictures of breast health. Women who get their mammograms using the new DBT technology may find they are called less often for follow-up visits and more tests.

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