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10/13/2016 03:15 EDT | Updated 10/13/2016 05:10 EDT

10 Things You Should Know About Mammograms And Breast Cancer Prevention

Here's what all of us can do.

Mammograms are something many women don't have to consider until the age of 50, but when it comes to breast cancer prevention, there are things women of all ages can do to lower their risks.

Dr. Ed Kucharski, regional primary care lead at Cancer Care Ontario, says regardless of your age, you should always be aware of your breasts to see if there are any irregularities and follow up with your family doctor. Self-examinations are no longer recommended, he says.

"Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Ontario and Canada," he tells The Huffington Post Canada, adding for women between the ages of 50 to 74, it is standard across Canada to get a mammogram every two years.

Mammograms are x-rays of the breasts and can help doctors detect cancer early on, the Canadian Cancer Society notes. However, like any type of test some risks involved include false positive results, false negative results or an over-diagnosis.

Kucharski adds certain communities, including the South Asian community and women living in rural areas, are getting screenings at a lower rate. His organization has even developed mobile options for women who don't live in the city and videos in different languages to help change some of these statistics.

Below, Kucharski answers some of the most common questions women have about mammograms.