MAMMOGRAMS: EARLY DETECTION IS THE BEST DEFENSE
A mammogram is a proven, safe and reliable test that uses low-dose x-rays to detect early breast cancer in women experiencing no symptoms and to detect abnormalities and diagnose breast cancer in women experiencing symptoms.
The earlier cancer is detected, the more treatment options are available and the better the outcome. Mammography can detect a lump as early as two years before it can be felt.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The mammographer positions your breast on a platform and gently compresses it. Compression is used so that small abnormalities are not obscured by overlapping breast tissue and allows us to use lower X-ray doses and increase the detail of the imaging. The exam takes approximately 15 minutes, and you should not experience side-effects.
How to prepare
Before scheduling your mammogram, discuss any prior surgeries, hormone use, or family or personal history of breast cancer with your doctor. It’s best to schedule your mammogram during the first or second week following your period. Avoid scheduling your mammogram the week before your period, as your breasts may be tender.
STATE-OF-THE-ART SCREENING TO REDUCE YOUR RISK
Breast cancer incidence rose steadily from 1980 to the early 1990s, partly because of increased mammography screening. But breast cancer death rates have declined in every age group since at least the mid 1980s.