Why are mammograms used for breast cancer screening?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
When it comes to the mechanics of screening, some women wonder why they have to use the mammogram instead of less-uncomfortable imaging tools, like the ultrasound. Right now, mammograms are our best initial screening tool, and they remain the only test that is proven to help reduce your chance of dying from breast cancer. Ultrasound is best used to investigate a lump you or your doctor might feel, or to learn more if your mammogram shows something abnormal.

But the bottom line is that no two women are the same. Know your body, know your health and family history, and know your options. Talk to your doctor and get informed so that you can make the best decisions for your personal situation.

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