What Women Need to Know about Mammogram Screening

A mammogram screening in New Jersey provided by ImageCare uses low doses of radiation to create an x-ray of your breast tissues in order to detect early stages of breast cancer. Many women become nervous around the time when they should receive their first mammogram. Often, mammograms are perceived as painful, however, this is not the case for most mammograms. Around the time of a women’s menstrual cycle, breasts become tender and more sensitive, so it is important to schedule your mammogram when you will not be on your menstrual cycle.Woman standing beside a white mammogram machine with her robe pulled off one shoulder for the procedure

When Should I Get a Mammogram?

Mammogram screenings are as important as women’s regular health exams. Receiving a regular mammogram lets doctors see if there are any suspicious areas in the breast that could be cancerous.  The baseline age for a mammogram is 35-40. However, if breast cancer is present in your family history, be sure to begin your mammogram exams by age 35. After receiving your initial results of your first mammogram, your doctor will recommend what they believe the proper frequency of exams would be for you. This will typically be around every one to two years.

What If I Don’t Get a Mammogram?

If you are over the age of 40 and for any reason have not received a mammogram, or you choose not to keep up with regular mammograms, you are putting yourself at risk of overlooking cancer. A mammogram can catch breast cancer before it has the chance to spread and worsen. Schedule your mammogram with the radiologists at ImageCare in New Jersey. We have spared no expense to equip our facilities with the most modern and comfortable diagnostic medical imaging machines available and are constantly updating to keep pace with the leaps in imaging technology. Find your local ImageCare today to schedule your mammogram.