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Mammogram Basics

A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. Mammograms can detect tumors before they are big enough for you or your doctor to feel them during an exam. When you go for a mammogram, you'll be asked to take off your clothing, jewelry and anything else that may interfere with the procedure. Your breasts will be gently flattened, one at a time, between two surfaces so more tissue can be seen in the image. There can be some discomfort, but don't be discouraged. A few minutes of discomfort is a small price to pay to know that, as is most often the case, your breasts are perfectly normal. If an abnormality is discovered, the early detection that mammography provides can often save your life.

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