Mammograms are probably the most important tool doctors have to help them diagnose, evaluate and follow women who have had breast cancer. Safe and highly accurate, a mammogram is an X-ray photograph of the breast. The technique has been in use for about thirty years.
Like many OB-GYN's, we recommend patients have their first mammogram at age 40. For women at high risk for breast cancer, who have a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, or who have had radiation treatment to the chest in the past, the first mammogram might be done at a younger age at the advice of your doctor.