It’s important for women to have annual mammograms starting at
age 40, to catch breast cancer early, when it’s most treatable.
The benefits of regular mammograms exceed the risks, which
include minimal exposure to radiation. Women who are at high risk
for breast cancer, or who have a lump, may also have additional
screening with an ultrasound or MRI. Women who are comfortable
doing breast self-exams should do them to look for changes in the
breasts, or should at least see their doctor for an annual
clinical breast exam.
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