What is mammography?
Mammography (mammogram) is an x-ray exam of the breast. Most mammography is done as a baseline or screening exam. This exam is useful in diagnosis of breast disease and in detection of cancer. Most breast disease is not malignant or cancerous. If cancer is present, finding it early improves your chances of being treated successfully.
If you or your doctor detect the presence of a breast lump, mammography may aid in detecting other lumps or a lump in the other breast which cannot be felt yet.
Screening Mammogram vs a Diagnostic Mammogram:
A screening is an annual examination that is a check -up when a patient is not having any problems. A diagnostic mammogram, however, is usually ordered and performed when a patient has a lump, diagnosed with breast cancer within 5 years, is having pain or nipple discharge, etc.
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