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Mammography

A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women. Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine the women breast and is used as a diagnostic as well as a screening tool.  Screening mammograms usually involve two x-rays of each breast.  The goal of mammography is the early detection of breast cancer, typically through detection of characteristic masses and/or microcalcifications. They are recommended for women who have symptoms of breast cancer or who have a high risk of the disease.   Mammograms can show tumors long before they are big enough for you or your health care provider to feel.
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Breast exam

Breast exams allow you  a greater awareness of the condition of your breasts. It may help identify potential breast problems. Breast exam is a self  inspection of your beasts. During a breast exam, you use your eyes and hands to observe the appearance and feel of your breasts.

Breast exams, once thought essential for early breast cancer detection, are now considered optional. While other breast cancer screening tests have been proved to save lives, there’s no evidence that breast exams can do this. What’s now stressed is breast awareness — being familiar with the normal consistency of your breasts and the underlying tissue, as well as inspecting your breasts for new changes.

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