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when should i get a mammogram?
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when should i get a mammogram?

i am fourteen and breast cancer runs in my family. my grandmother was a survivor. she had 3 lumps removed and eventually a double masectomy. my mother has had 2 lumps removed in the past seven years. both were benign but one had a possibilty of becoming cancerous. And, although she died of a heart attack, we are pretty sure that my great-grandmother had it too. I know i sound paranoid but i am concerned. i know i am a long way away from getting a mammogram, but since breast cancer runs in my family should i get mine earlier than most people? if so when should i get a mammogram? and if not when is the right age to get one?
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Dear reed15:  Family history includeds people in your family who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.  The biggest risk is from first degree relatives (mother, sister, daughter).  Another consideration is the age at which family members are diagnosed.  If your grandmother had breast cancer when she was young (before menopause), your mother may be at higher risk.  If your mother had breast cancer, her age at diagnosis would help to determine when you should begin getting mammograms.  You should ultimately check with your doctor but, in general, in the absence of any symptoms and as long as your mother did not actually have breast cancer - mammograms should begin with a base line in your mid -30s.  
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