The importance of getting a mammogram

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - One out of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. That's why doctors say it's so important for women to pay attention to their bodies and take any concerns they may have to their doctor.

Adrea Bennett works at the breast center at SwedishAmerican hospital. She says one of the most common misconceptions about getting a mammogram is that they are going to be painful, and that may keep many women from getting one.

Bennett says a properly done mammogram may be uncomfortable for a few seconds. She advises women to pay attention to any changes in their bodies, no matter how small.

"Screening is really the key, we want to catch it when it's early. We want to catch it before it's turned into a mass. We want to catch it when it's in its early stages so that the treatment is easier, quicker and more curable." says Bennett.

Bennett says most times women younger than 30 do not get breast cancer, but they can. She says it's important for women to get screened every year once they turn 40 or if they have a family history.