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The Basics

Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every 1 to 2 years.

If you have a family history of breast cancer, you may need to start getting mammograms before age 40. Talk to a doctor or nurse about when to start and how often you should get a mammogram.

What Happens During a Mammogram?
A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. Mammograms help find breast cancer early. A mammogram does not cause cancer. Mammograms use a very low level of x-rays (or “radiation”).

When you get a mammogram, the nurse will place your breasts, one at a time, between two plastic plates and take pictures of each breast. A mammogram lasts less than 15 minutes.

Start Today: Small Steps
  • Make an appointment to get a mammogram at a clinic near you.
  • Watch this interactive tutorial about getting a mammogram.
  • Tell a friend how important it is to get a mammogram after age 40.

Learn about other important tests for women, such as getting tested for cervical cancer each year.

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