About mammograms

One in eight women in NSW will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. The best time to treat breast cancer is when it is still very small. Screening mammograms are the best way of finding breast cancer early.

What is a screening mammogram?

A screening mammogram is an x-ray of the breasts for women who have not noticed any symptoms or changes in their breasts.

Screening mammograms usually involve two x-ray pictures of each breast. The x-ray pictures can find cancers as small as a grain of rice before you or your doctor can feel any changes in your breasts.

Why have a screening mammogram?

The best time to treat breast cancer is when it is still very small.

When breast cancer is found early, most women will get better and get back to their normal lives with their families and loved ones.  This is because breast cancer treatment works best when the cancer is still small and has not spread outside the breast to other parts of the body.

A screening mammogram is the best method to detect breast cancer early for women over the age of 50. 

 

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