What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast during which the breast is pressed between two plates to spread the tissue and produce a clear picture. The pressure can cause some discomfort, but it lasts only a few seconds. While radiation is used, the levels are extremely low and will not significantly increase the risk for acquiring breast cancer. The whole procedure takes about 20 minutes. According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 10 women who get a mammogram will need more pictures taken, but most of these women do not have breast cancer, therefore try not to be alarmed or stressed while waiting for results; only 1 or 2 mammograms of every 1,000 leads to a diagnosis of cancer.

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