Most abnormalities found during a mammogram are
breast cancer. But many women who have regular
screening mammograms need more tests to investigate any abnormalities
found during a mammogram. If an area of your breast tissue appears to be a
concern during a mammogram, other tests such as an ultrasound may be done.
Mammogram results are harder to
interpret in women before
menopause because breast tissue in younger women is
denser than in older women. Mammograms may be less accurate in
mammogram allows your doctor to view different parts of the breast
without taking more images. Digital mammograms have the same overall
accuracy as standard mammograms. The procedure in which a digital mammogram is done is the
same as a standard mammogram-each procedure takes about the same amount of
time, and breast compression is needed for both. Images from a digital mammogram
can be magnified and stored electronically.
If you come from a family where women have had breast cancer
earlier than age 40, talk to your doctor about what age to start screening. If
you have a very strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, you may want
to have a breast cancer (BRCA) gene test. For more information, see the topic Breast Cancer (BRCA) Gene Test.
Other Places To Get Help
American Cancer Society (ACS)
The American Cancer Society (ACS) conducts educational
programs and offers many services to people with cancer and to their families.
Staff at the toll-free numbers have information about services and activities
in local areas and can provide referrals to local ACS divisions.
7 East Lancaster Avenue, 3rd Floor
Breastcancer.org is a Web site dedicated to helping women
understand breast cancer and make good decisions about their treatment. This
site provides information from medical professionals on all aspects of
breast cancer, from screening and surgery to sex and intimacy. The site also offers links
to chat rooms, discussion boards, and "Ask the Expert" online conferences.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
6116 Executive Boulevard
https://cissecure.nci.nih.gov/livehelp/welcome.asp# for live help
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is a U.S. government
agency that provides up-to-date information about the prevention, detection,
and treatment of cancer. NCI also offers supportive care to people who have cancer
and to their families. NCI information is also available to doctors, nurses,
and other health professionals. NCI provides the latest information about
clinical trials. The Cancer Information Service, a service of NCI, has trained
staff members available to answer questions and send free publications.
Spanish-speaking staff members are also available.