Mammography or Mammogram
Mammography uses low-dose X-rays of the breasts for early detection of cancer. Images are taken of each breast from several angles. This procedure can identify abnormal growths that are too small or deep to be detected during a routine self-exam.
Mammography is the most effective method to detect breast disease in women. The American Cancer Society recommends annual mammograms for women over age 40. Women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer may need to begin mammogram screening earlier.
One out of eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. An annual mammogram takes only about 20 minutes, and may detect breast cancers earlier, increasing chances of survival. Most insurances cover annual mammograms for women over age 40.