[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16x9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1368571775&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4057087&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1368571775 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — This week marks National Women’s Health Week, and doctors say one of the most important tests for women is the mammogram.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says regular mammograms are the best tools in early prevention, and in some situations can detect cancer up to three years before a lump can be felt.
CDC guidelines suggest women have mammograms every two years after the age of 50.
There are three types of mammogram screenings available: screen-film mammography, digital mammography and a new 3D image mammography.
It’s recommended women talk to their doctors to see which type of mammography is best for them.
After 74, having a mammogram is not necessary unless a woman is at risk.
If breast cancer runs in your family, your physician may suggest a mammogram before the age of 50.
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