the key element to early detection of breast cancer.( ACS, 2018).Accuracy of mammograms is good at finding breast cancer,especially in women ages 50 and older.Overall, the sensitivity of the mammogram is 87% of women who truly have breast cancer Sensitivity is higher in women over 50 than in younger women.It’s also higher in women with fatty breasts than in women with dense breasts.(Mayo, 2018).Mammogra Mammogram remains the most cost effective approach for breast cancer screening, it is far from a perfect screening test, with a sensitivity of 76.5 and a specificity of 87.1 for women younger than 40 years..According to the American Cancer Society women aged 50-59 should get a mammogram every year.Women 55 years and older without a familial high risk can go every two years, if the woman
has never been called back after a mammogram before.(ACS, 2018) THE PROCEDURE The mammogram is conducted in an exam room with just the patient and the technologist. Make sure that you get your mammogram in a facility that specializes in giving them.It is important to try and go to the same facility each year. The tech is a radiologist usually, they will ask you to remove your shirt and bra, and put on a gown, stand in front of the machine, and place one breast at a time on a flat surface.Compression is necessary to spread out the breast tissue and eliminate motion, which movement may cause white spots , that make it difficult to read.There should be some instructions for the patient before the test. First is to not schedule the mammogram when breasts are swollen or
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