Three stages or phases of mammography have a different roles in the detection of abnormalities with breast tissue. The first, any maybe most important, is screening mammography.
Most agree that mammography can play a vital role in the early detection of breast cancers. Much of the research that has been provided states screening mammography can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can actually feel them.
Therefore, screening mammograms are designed and requested to improve the detection of early breast cancer, or other diseases or abnormalities, when they are more likely to be curable. The earlier you find something that has changed, the easier it is to correct it.
Most, but not all organizations, recommend women began breast cancer screening at age 40. They also recommend women have repeat mammograms every 1 to 2 years after that.
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