Should I get a mammogram?

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A screening mammogram is the best method for picking up breast cancer at an early stage. Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women in the United States. Women with normal risk should start screening at age 40 and continue on a yearly basis, since early detection of breast cancer is felt to boost survival of women with the disease. The majority of breast cancers are detected by screening mammography.
If you are a woman over age 50, you should have a yearly mammogram (breast x-ray) to screen for breast cancer. The American Cancer Society advises women to start getting annual mammograms at age 45, and some organizations recommend starting even earlier, at age 40. Mammograms can find cancer years before you would be able to feel a lump -- and the earlier you can detect breast cancer, the better your chance for a cure.
Janine L. Carson, MD
Diagnostic Radiology
A mammogram is an important screening to detect breast cancer, but do you need one? Watch the video with Dr. Jan Carson of Sanford Health to learn why and when you should receive a mammogram.

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