Mammograms and breast care

Mammograms are a key part of screening for breast cancer, which is the second leading cancer killer of women in the U.S., affecting 1 in 8 women during their lives. Screening is vital to detecting breast cancer early, which can improve odds of treatment and recovery. Regular mammograms are recommended for women over 50 and could be needed for younger women if there are risk factors like family medical history. Mammograms can be used for both screening on healthy women and diagnostics for women undergoing treatment. Breast care also includes self screenings or a “buddy check” with a friend, where women can sometimes detect lumps when they’re just getting started. Learn more about mammograms and breast care by clicking on any of the topics below for information from www.womenshealth.gov.