Screening mammography is an x-ray of the breast used to detect breast changes in women who have no signs or symptoms of breast cancer. Mammography uses safe, low dose x-rays to produce an image of the inside of the breast on film.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recommends that women have screen mammograms.
Women aged 40 and older should have mammograms every 1-2 years.
Women who are at higher than average risk of breast cancer should talk to their health care providers about whether to have mammograms before age 40 and how often to have them.
On the day of your exam, wear a skirt or pants, since you will need to remove your top for the test. Please do not wear deodorant or antiperspirant, since these can show up on the film and interfere with your test results.