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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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