Saturday, October 25, 2008

Mammograms For Breast Cancer

Every two years my doctor will send me for a mammogram screening since he found few small cysts on my left breast. Although they are all said to be non cancerous cyst, it is still better to have a close observation by having a regular mammogram.

A mammogram is a low dose x-ray of the breast. It can find changes in the breast, even when the changes are too small for you and your doctor to feel or to see. For most women this is normal.

In Ontario, breast cancer is the common type of cancer for women. As the women get older the chance of getting breat cancer rises. Mammograms can help to find small breast cancer before there are signs and symptoms. If breast cancer is found at an early stage there is a high rate of successful treatment. Also for many women, finding cancer early may allow more treatment options, such as conserving breast surgery or less aggressive treatment.

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