A mammogram is an x-ray
(a medical imaging technique based on the use of X-rays
to see the inside of a body part) of the breasts. A mammogram is a little unpleasant for some women because of the need to compress the breast between two plates to obtain a good quality image. Performing regular mammograms is however strongly recommended to women at risk, because it is the best way to quickly detect lesions
suggestive of breast cancer
. Ideally, it should be done in the early days of the menstrual cycle
. As part of routine screening for breast cancer, a mammogram is recommended in France for women between the ages of 50 and 74 years at a rate of once every two years.