A Mammogram – or x-ray of your breast tissue – is one of the most economic examinations available for detecting early stages of breast cancer. Although Mammography is the most accurate method for early detection, not all cancers are found through Mammograms alone. Therefore, your Mammogram, an annual physical by your doctor, and your monthly (BSE) Breast Self-Examination work together to find changes or abnormalities.
What should I expect?
Mammography machines require a slight compression; this helps make the breast more uniform in thickness, and decrease the amount of x-ray you receive. It also helps the Doctor reading your Mammogram see differences in the breast tissue that would be missed without compressing the breast.
How old should I be to have my first Mammogram?
The recommended age for a baseline Mammogram is 35 years of age. Women who have turned 40 years of age should plan on annual Mammograms.
How long does it take?
From the time you enter one of our imaging centers to the completion of your Mammogram you should plan on a minimum of a half hour. Women with implants should allow an hour for the appointment.
I’m 65 years old. Can I stop having Mammograms?
The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age. Therefore, annual screening for early detection of cancer is important to your ongoing health.