The Importance of Breast Cancer Screening
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, and early detection is critical for successful treatment. Mammograms are a powerful tool for detecting breast cancer early.
A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray that images the breast tissue. It is the most effective way to detect breast cancer early. Mammograms are used to detect breast cancer in women who have no symptoms and to evaluate abnormalities found on clinical breast exams or breast self-exams.
When is the right time to start mammograms?
It is recommended that women begin getting mammograms at age 40 and continue to do so every one to two years, depending on individual risk factors. Women with a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors may need to start screening earlier or have more frequent mammograms. Our Family Health offers mammograms onsite in our Monroe office.
Benefits of a Mammogram:
- Can detect abnormalities that may not be felt during a clinical breast exam or self-exam
- Can detect breast cancer before it becomes noticeable to the patient or doctor
- Early detection increases the chances of successful treatment
Mammogram Frequently Asked Questions
Do mammograms hurt?
During the procedure, your breast will be compressed between two plates, which may cause some discomfort or pressure. However, the discomfort is generally short-lived and is outweighed by the benefits of early detection.
How long does a mammogram take?
A mammogram is a quick and easy procedure that typically takes less than 30 minutes.
What happens if my mammogram shows an abnormality?
If your mammogram shows an abnormality, further testing may be needed, such as additional mammograms, ultrasound, or a breast biopsy. Your medical provider will work with you to evaluate the appropriate course of action. Remember that most abnormalities are not cancerous, and early detection greatly increases the chances of successful treatment.
How much does a mammogram cost?
Mammograms are typically covered by insurance. Please contact your insurance provider to understand your insurance coverage.
How do I prepare for my mammogram?
On the day of your appointment, avoid wearing deodorant, perfume, or lotion as these products can interfere with the accuracy of the test.
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