Everything You Need to Know About Mammograms

A mammogram is an X-ray screening of the breast and is used to detect tissue abnormalities and early stages of breast cancer. This type of cancer is the second most common cancer in women and is the second-leading cause of cancer death. Visiting ImageCare for a mammogram screening in New Jersey allows our expert radiologists to screen for signs of breast cancer with the goal of detecting it in its early stages. Stay on top of your breast health by visiting our office for your annual check-up.A woman with a pink gown draped over one shoulder facing away and holding onto a handle on a mammogram machine

What a mammogram detects:

  • Abnormalities in breast tissue
  • Cancer
  • Calcium buildup
  • Lumps of fatty cells
  • Cysts

When Should You Get a Mammogram?

It is recommended for most women to receive their first mammogram between the ages of 35 and 40. Younger women’s breast tissue is usually denser, which makes it difficult to read their mammograms with accuracy. Also, the rate of breast cancer in women under 35 is significantly lower than in women in their 40s. After analyzing the findings of your first mammogram, your doctor will recommend the frequency at which you should receive future mammogram screenings in New Jersey. This will typically be around every one to two years.

Genetics and Breast Cancer Risks

Around 5-10% of breast cancer is a direct result of genetic mutations passed on from a parent. Typically, hereditary breast cancer is an inherited mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. Women with one of these mutations are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 40.

If you are between the ages of 35 and 40 and have a normal risk for breast cancer, or are under the age of 40 and have a genetic predisposition to it, schedule an appointment with ImageCare. Record and report any changes to your breasts to our doctors so we can better understand your case and take care of your health from there.

Call to book your appointment for a mammogram screening in New Jersey today.