wk 2 discussion1.rtf - Mammogram A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast which is used to detect breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of

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MammogramA mammogram is an x-ray of the breast, which is used to detect breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease. It can help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer among women ages 40 to 70.Screening mammograms usually involve two or more x-ray pictures, or images, of each breast. This detects tumors that cannot be felt. Screening mammograms can also find microcalcifications that sometimes indicate the presence of breast cancer (CDC, 2016).Mammograms can also be used to check for breast cancer after a lump or other sign or symptomof the disease has been found. This type of mammogram is called a diagnostic mammogram. A diagnostic mammogram can also be used to evaluate changes found during a screening mammogram or to view breast tissue in special circumstances, like breast implants (MayoClinic, 2016).The same machines are used for both types of mammograms. Breast is placed between two
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