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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Pw1Duz220Q As part of the screening process for breast cancer, women should have regular mammograms. This video from Cancer Research UK shared in June 2014, explains exactly what's involved in a mammogram procedure. Experienced radiographers can detect breast cancer on mammograms images within seconds. Find out more. The radiographer places each breast between two metal plates which compress the breast slightly. The radiographer will then leave the room and take two x-ray pictures of each breast--one from above and one from the side. This procedure is over fairly quickly and is considered to be slightly uncomfortable rather than painful. Radiographers will then analyze the x-ray images, looking for changes in the tissue of the breast that may indicate the presence of cancer. The results will be sent to your doctor. One-third of U.S. breast cancer patients are not given mammograms in the year after treatment. Read more.