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mammography,

diagnostic procedure that uses low-dose X rays to detect abnormalities in the breasts. Tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, is form of mammography that combines X-ray images taken at multiple angles to produce a single three-dimensional image. The early diagnosis of breast cancerbreast cancer,
cancer that originates in the breast. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women (following lung cancer). Although the vast majority of the cases occur in women, some men also get breast cancer.
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 made possible by the routine use of mammography for screening women increases a woman's treatment alternatives and improves her chances of surviving the cancer. Mammograms can detect tumors too small to be noticed on physical examination. The recommended timing for a baseline first mammogram and subsequent mammograms varies depending on a woman's risk for breast cancer, but several medical advisory groups recommend beginning at age 40 or 45 for a woman with an average risk for breast cancer.

mammography

[ma′mäg·rə·fē]
(medicine)
Radiographic examination of the breast, performed with or without injection of the glandular ducts with a contrast medium.
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The Gini index is a measure of impurity and was defined as the product of the proportion of normal mammograms and the proportion of abnormal mammograms in a terminal node (Breiman et al.
More than 80 percent of the women indicated that it is important to have access to mammograms that offer better detection and reduce their chances of being called back for further testing.
One of the biggest misbeliefs that prevent women from getting mammograms is that if no one in their families has had breast cancer before, they're not at risk.
● Women, age 40 and above, should have a mammogram every year.
US researchers concluded that regular screenings every two years starting at age 40 reduced breast cancer mortality by only about three percent, but generated more incidences of false-positive mammograms, causing financial, physical and emotional stress.
With the remaining 2 724 mammograms, 12 were done in women presenting for a mass in the breast, leaving a total of 2 712 screening mammograms for analysis.
Get a baseline mammogram at age 40 or 50 (we debate this, as do many organizations); then every two years after that.
Safe and highly accurate, a mammogram is an X-ray photograph of the breast.
* If you change mammography facilities, bring your prior mammograms with you to your appointment.
In this analysis, women aged 75 years and older who went at least 5 years between mammograms were 67% more likely to die from a breast cancer than were those who had yearly exams.
Health professionals believe that in regard to mammograms, women must be able to weigh the risk of false-positives and overdiagnoses with the odds of finding cancer early.
Mammograms use low-energy x-rays to screen for symptoms of breast cancer, a disease with the second highest mortality rate among women in the emirate of Abu Dhabi after cardiovascular disease.