Screening mammogram: A mammogram (an X-ray of the breast) in women who have no signs of breast cancer. It usually involves two X-rays of each breast. The aim of a screening mammogram is to detect a tumor that cannot be felt.
A screening mammogram is different from a diagnostic mammogram which involves more X-rays. Diagnostic mammography is done because of the findings on a screening mammogram, evaluate breast changes (such as a lump) or special circumstances, such as breast implants.
Although doubts have been raised as to whether screening mammography prevents breast cancer deaths, in January, 2002 both the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society reiterated their longstanding recommendation that women over 40 have regular mammograms.
A fact sheet that defines screening and diagnostic mammograms. Discusses mammography screening guidelines and risk factors for breast cancer.
Mammography screening remains the best available method to detect breast cancer early. However, no medical test is always 100 percent accurate, and mammography is no ...
The use of screening mammography increases the detection of small abnormal tissue growths confined to the milk ducts in the breast, called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).
A screening mammogram is an x-ray exam of the breast on a woman who has no symptoms.
Read about the mammogram screening procedure for breast cancer. Mammogram can assist in identifying cysts, calcifications, and tumors within the breast.