Mammograms can reveal a breast cancer when it is so small that it would be undetected by you or your health provider. If cancers are found early, less invasive treatment methods may be used with better overall outcomes.
At CPMC's Breast Health Center, we encourage our patients to begin annual screening mammography at age 40. This recommendation is also supported by the American Cancer Society, American College of OB/GYN, American College of Radiology, American Society of Breast Disease, and Society of Breast Imaging.
Annual Screening Mammography
Diagnostic mammography also detects overall change in the appearance of the breast but often includes a focused exam on a particular area of concern. Diagnostic mammograms are appropriate for women with a prior history of breast cancer or a new breast symptom.
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