If you're nearing 40 and aren't at an increased risk of developing breast cancer, you might have had a conversation with your provider about getting your first mammogram. Maybe you're even confused because your mom had her first mammogram at 50. What gives?

We got the scoop from experts about current guidelines, the mammogram process and how to make it as painless as possible.

What's up with the confusing recommendations?

"There are a number of different guidelines, depending on which source you read," explained Diana Lam, a radiation oncologist at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and associate program director at UW School of Medicine. The guidelines are based on the same data, it's just interpreting that data and weighing the risks and benefits that differ.

For example, the most updated guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force state women should get their first mammogram at age 50, and every two years thereafter. The