Mammography is a medical test that uses special X-ray images
to detect abnormal growths or changes in breast tissue.
is Mammography Necessary?
A mammogram can provide base
information that will allow your doctor to make a comparison
at a later date.
As part of a regular physical examination,
a mammogram can be used as a screening tool to detect breast
cancer in its early stages, before it can be found through
a physician examination.
If there is a change in your
breasts, a mammogram can help your physician determine if additional
testing is required.
Does a Regular Mammogram Replace
No. Mammograms cannot detect all breast cancers,
especially if you are young and have dense breast tissue. You
should begin performing self-examinations monthly beginning
at age 20. In addition, your healthcare provider should do
breast exams every three years beginning at age 20, and every
year once you turn 40.
How Often Should I Have a Mammogram?
general, you should have a baseline mammogram between ages
35 and 40, and a screening mammogram every year after age 40.
Ask your physician for specific information.
If you are
at a greater risk for breast cancer, your doctor might recommend
an alternate schedule. Risk factors include:
- A personal
history of breast cancer
- An immediate family member
developed breast cancer before age 50 or after menopause
prior breast biopsy with pre-cancerous changes
the age of 50
What Can I Expect?
technologists perform mammography.
The technologist will ask you to remove
all clothing above the waist and will give you a hospital gown
to wear. The technologist will ask you to stand (if you are
unable to stand, you may sit) in front of an X-ray machine
and will place your breast between two radiographic breast
supports. The supports will be pressed together, gently flattening
your breast to provide the clearest picture possible with the
least radiation dose.
You may feel some discomfort, but
it will only last for a few seconds. If you feel there is too
much pressure, tell the technologist.
will normally take two images of each of your breasts, one
from the top and one from the side. Additional views might
be needed. You can expect the exam to last 15-20 minutes.
Do I Need To Tell My Healthcare Provider?
If you are
pregnant, or suspect you might be, tell your doctor immediately
sure your doctor is aware of any medications you are taking
How Do I Prepare?
You might want to schedule your exam seven
to 10 days after the beginning of your period, when your breasts
are less likely to be tender
Do not wear body powder, cream,
deodorant or lotion on your chest
Eat and drink as usual
your medications as usual unless otherwise directed by your
Dress comfortably. Consider wearing a two-piece
outfit. Avoid clothing with metal buttons, buckles or zippers
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How Do I Get The Results?
will evaluate your X-ray films and send your exam results to
your physician, who will discuss them with you. You'll be notified
if there is any cause for concern. Remember, most lumps are
not cancerous. If there is an abnormality, your doctor will
discuss additional diagnostic options with you.
have any questions or comments about your mammogram at any
time, please talk to your physician or inform the mammography
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