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A mammogram is a safe test used to look for any problems with a woman's breasts. The test uses a special, low-dose x-ray machine to take pictures of both breasts. The results are recorded on x-ray film or directly onto a computer for a radiologist to examine.

Mammograms allow the doctor to have a closer look for breast lumps and changes in breast tissue. They can show small lumps or growths that a doctor or woman may not be able to feel when doing a clinical breast exam. "Mammography" is the best screening tool that doctors have for finding breast cancer.

If a lump is found, your doctor may order other tests, such as ultrasound or a biopsy--a test where a small amount of tissue is taken from the lump and area around the lump. The tissue is sent to a lab to look for cancer or changes that may mean cancer is likely to develop. Breast lumps or growths can be benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer). Finding breast cancer early means that a woman has a better chance of surviving the disease. There are also more choices for treatment when breast cancer is found early.
Research reveals lower rates of colorectal cancer screening among rural women

Research reveals lower rates of colorectal cancer screening among rural women

BU researchers develop a risk prediction model for breast cancer in Black women

BU researchers develop a risk prediction model for breast cancer in Black women

Penn Medicine and Siemens Healthineers provide free breast cancer screenings for underserved women

Penn Medicine and Siemens Healthineers provide free breast cancer screenings for underserved women

New risk prediction model for breast cancer in U.S. Black women developed

New risk prediction model for breast cancer in U.S. Black women developed

Automated system based on AI helps rule out cancer in women with dense breasts

Automated system based on AI helps rule out cancer in women with dense breasts

MRIs found to be cost effective for detecting breast cancer for women with very dense breasts

MRIs found to be cost effective for detecting breast cancer for women with very dense breasts

Breast radiation after lumpectomy decreases incidence of ipsilateral breast recurrence for 'low risk' DCIS

Breast radiation after lumpectomy decreases incidence of ipsilateral breast recurrence for 'low risk' DCIS

Trained computer program can aid physicians in accurately diagnosing breast cancer

Trained computer program can aid physicians in accurately diagnosing breast cancer

Deep learning provides a better estimate of breast cancer risk

Deep learning provides a better estimate of breast cancer risk

Precursor to ulcerative colitis exists several years before disease onset, study shows

Precursor to ulcerative colitis exists several years before disease onset, study shows

Insufficient evidence to support the replacement of human radiologists with AI for breast cancer screening

Insufficient evidence to support the replacement of human radiologists with AI for breast cancer screening

Older women with dense breasts are at higher risk of breast cancer, study shows

Older women with dense breasts are at higher risk of breast cancer, study shows

Prediction models may reduce false-positive MRI screenings in women with dense breasts

Prediction models may reduce false-positive MRI screenings in women with dense breasts

MIT engineers create new diagnostic nanoparticle that can pinpoint tumor location

MIT engineers create new diagnostic nanoparticle that can pinpoint tumor location

Research reveals recovery of cancer screening tests and associated disparities after first pandemic peak

Research reveals recovery of cancer screening tests and associated disparities after first pandemic peak

3D-mammography reduces the number of breast cancer cases diagnosed between routine screenings

3D-mammography reduces the number of breast cancer cases diagnosed between routine screenings

Study looks at U.S. mammography screening rates during the COVID-19 pandemic

Study looks at U.S. mammography screening rates during the COVID-19 pandemic

Three-dimensional imaging is not suitable for small cancer targets

Three-dimensional imaging is not suitable for small cancer targets

Repeated attendance at mammography screening confers protection against breast cancer mortality

Repeated attendance at mammography screening confers protection against breast cancer mortality

New approach can reduce unnecessary evaluations of swollen lymph nodes after COVID-19 vaccination

New approach can reduce unnecessary evaluations of swollen lymph nodes after COVID-19 vaccination