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How Screening Mammograms Can Save Your Life [Video]

You may not feel lucky, but if you are one of the estimated five out of 1000 women diagnosed with breast cancer based on a screening mammogram, you may well be. The American College of Radiology recommends getting a screening mammogram every year starting at age 40 to catch and treat breast cancer early. Here, Eun Langman, MD, a breast radiologist at Duke Health, explains why regular screening mammograms are so important.

Chances are good that you or someone you know will develop breast cancer. The odds over a lifetime for women in the U.S. are one out of eight — and the majority have no known risk factors. Routine screening mammograms can detect cancers when they are small, even before they can be found with a breast exam. With current imaging technology, radiologists can look at the breast in three dimensions and detect breast tumors that are smaller than a pencil eraser.

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