A mammogram is an x-ray exam of the breast. It allows the doctor to have a closer look for changes in breast tissue that cannot be felt during a breast exam. The American Cancer Society recommends mammograms for women every year starting at age forty.
“Mammograms? Oh, I don’t get those any more,” my mother told me. “I told the doctor I didn’t need them.” Her comment shocked me at first. I take the need for my annual mammogram as an article of faith. Finding breast cancer early will spare me extensive treatments and add years to my life. But will I feel the same way when…