Mammography is a simple X-ray of the breast soft tissues that can detect abnormalities which may be so small that even the most experienced examiner cannot identify. The examination is always from two angles. To improve the picture quality a special device gently squeezes the breast. Although this may sound painful, it is only slightly uncomfortable.
The most commonly performed Mammography scans are
- Women who have a family history of breast cancer.
- Some women with other types of cancer such as colon and uterine cancer.
- Women with late child birth after the age of 30 years or those with no children since they have been shown to be at a higher risk for developing breast cancer.