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The Dreaded Mammogram Callback

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The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recommends that by the age of 40, women receive their first mammogram, and should continue to receive one once every year. After a mammogram screening, most women receive a letter within 30 days of their appointment reporting that the results were normal; however, this is not always the case. If anything suspicious is spotted in the first mammogram, you may receive a callback for a follow-up test. Receiving a callback can often be scary and nerve-racking, but a suspicious finding does not always mean breast cancer. According to The American Cancer Society, less than 10 percent of women called back for additional testing are found to have breast cancer.

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