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I know that there is a big breast cancer awareness campaign going on now, and for the last few years actually, so most people know they have to do regular self examinations. I also know that a mammography checks whether you have breast cancer or not. But what do they actually do during a mammography?

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Mammography is the process of using low-dose -X-rays to examine the breasts and is used as a diagnostic and a screening tool for breast cancer. Like all x-rays, mammograms use doses of ionizing radiation to create images. Radiologists then analyze the image for any abnormal findings, and decide whether there is a need for further testing and confirmation. It’s recommended that all women after age of 40 do a screening mammogram every two years or even more often if there is history of breast cancer in family. The goal of mammography is the early detection of breast cancer, typically through detection of characteristic with a goal to reduce mortality from breast cancer.
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