Monitoring your breast health is important, and the American Cancer Society has developed an effective three-step process involving breast self-exam, regular physical exams by doctors and mammography.
Mammography uses special low-dose x-ray examinations called mammograms to identify areas of breast cancer long before the grow to a size at which they will be noticed - often as much as two years before a woman notices a lump. Because small cancers respond much better to treatment, this early detection can dramatically improve the response to treatment. In addition, mammography generally detects more than twice as many of these small cancers as physical exams detect.
This state-of-the-art procedure is the best method for screening for breast cancer, and is considered to be safe and extremely accurate. Current mammography equipment uses far less radiation doses than earlier equipment. Your radiologist can tell you more.