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There's a new standard for mammograms

This sign points the way to the Mammography rooms at the Carlton Breast Health Center.  The new standard for mammograms recommends that they be performed every year after age 40. This sign points the way to the Mammography rooms at the Carlton Breast Health Center. The new standard for mammograms recommends that they be performed every year after age 40.
The readout on the mammogram machine at the Carlton Breast Health Center in Albany. The readout on the mammogram machine at the Carlton Breast Health Center in Albany.
The first line of defense against breast cancer, the mammogram machine.  If detected early, breast cancer is treatable. The first line of defense against breast cancer, the mammogram machine. If detected early, breast cancer is treatable.
The American College of Radiology is the organization that certifies mammography machines. The American College of Radiology is the organization that certifies mammography machines.

More than 6-thousand women in Georgia are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

And mammograms are one of the best ways to detect the disease.

But the standard for when women are supposed to get mammograms is changing.

Recently the age where women are supposed to get yearly mammograms was lowered to 40.

Mammograms had been recommended for women every year after they turned 50, and every two years for women between 40 and 50. But some women who have a history of breast cancer in their family might still have to get mammograms before the age of 40.

Dr. Shailaja Sappati of the Carlton Breast Health Center said that, "if the woman's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in her 40s - say age 44 - then the lady in question will have to have her annual screening 10 years earlier than mother's diagnosis. So, from 34."

Dr. Sappati says that the key is self awareness and telling your doctor if you feel differently. There is no cure for breast cancer, but if detected early it can be treated.

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