Do I need to get a mammogram if I'm over 40?

If you're 40 years or older, you should get a routine mammogram. In addition to the fear of getting a suspicious mammogram result, you may also be embarrassed to bare your breasts, or perhaps you'd rather avoid the discomfort that comes with positioning  and flattening your breast (breast compression) in the x-ray machine. But some temporary uneasiness and minor discomfort is a small price to pay if it means detecting breast cancer early. The entire procedure typically takes less than 15 minutes.

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