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Do you need mammograms?

Before you get your next mammogram, learn the pros and cons of this controversial screening test.

Once a year, we subject our breasts to the ritual ordeal of poking, prodding, and viselike squeezing known as a mammogram. We willingly endure this process because we know—or at least hope—that if we do get breast cancer, a mammogram will pick it up early enough to treat it and save our life.

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