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Mammography

What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

Mammography, which uses a low dose x-ray to examine the breasts, offers a safe and accurate way to detect abnormalities that are too small to see or feel.

That's important because every woman is at risk of developing breast cancer. The best chance for successful treatment occurs when cancer is discovered early - and mammograms can detect more than 90 percent of all cancers.

At OB-GYN Associates at The Veranda, our certified and registered technologists use advanced mammography equipment in a setting that offers our patients privacy, security and convenience. Our mammography center, which undergoes regular inspections, is held to the highest standards and is FDA-approved.

Factors that increase risk of breast cancer:
- age
- personal or family history of breast cancer
- menstruation at an early age
- overweight
- late age of menopause
- never having children or first pregnancy late in life

It's important to note, however, that more than 70 percent of women who develop breast cancer have no known risk factors.

For more information about early detection, including how to prepare for your mammogram, click here.

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