What is breast cancer?
What is a mammogram?
- Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. When cancer starts in the breast, it is called breast cancer. Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women.
- Breast cancer screening means getting a woman’s breasts checked for cancer before she has any symptoms.
- A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray exam of the breasts to look for changes that are not normal. The results are recorded on x-ray film or directly into a computer for a doctor, called a radiologist, to examine.
- Mammograms are used as part of a screening plan to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease. Mammograms are generally considered safe, and are quick and relatively painless.
- Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms.
- To find out more about mammograms, please download the PDF from the downloads section.