Mammogram is a good tool to detect early breast cancer in many patients; apart from the old self examination of breast.
Breast cancer (in female) risk factors include;
Family history of breast cancer,
Radiation to breast,
Breast cancer in one breast.
Multiple cancer syndromes,
Paget’s disease of nipple, And
No breast feeding etc.
Study urges more individual mammogram guidelines
Screening for breast cancer should be based on factors beyond age, the new research argues, such as family history and other personal risk factors.
Most medical organizations, including the American Cancer Society, recommend that healthy women undergo screening every one to two years beginning at age 40 regardless of risk factors. In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended a more relaxed schedule: that screening for women ages 40 to 49 should be based on individual risk factors and women ages 50 to 74 should be screened every two years.