What Is A Mammogram?

A mammogram is a simple and safe X-ray procedure used to examine breast tissue. It helps detect early signs of breast cancer, even before symptoms are noticeable. During a mammogram, your breast is gently compressed between two plates to capture detailed images. Regular mammograms are vital for early detection and peace of mind.

How Often Do I Need a Mammogram

The frequency of mammograms depends on your age and risk factors. For women aged 50-74 with average breast cancer risk, the USPSTF recommends a mammogram every two years. If you’re between 40-49, it’s advised to consult your healthcare provider about the timing and frequency of mammograms.

You might need screenings earlier if you have a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors. Talking to your family doctor about your individual situation can help determine the best approach.

What to Expect During a Mammogram

Preparing for the Mammogram:

  • Avoid using deodorants, lotions, or powders on your chest area.
  • You’ll be provided a gown to wear during the procedure.

During the Mammogram:

  • A certified technician will guide you through the process.
  • Your breast will be positioned on the mammogram machine.
  • Gently, your breast will be compressed for a few seconds to capture images.
  • You might feel mild discomfort, but it’s brief and crucial for accurate results.

After the Mammogram:

  • You’ll receive prompt communication about your results.
  • In most cases, results are normal, allowing you to continue your regular routine.
  • If further testing is suggested, it’s a precautionary step for precise information.
  • Stay connected with your healthcare team for guidance and support.

Schedule a Mammogram by calling 208-852-0137