A mammogram is an important breast cancer screening tool that helps save lives.
Here are five facts about mammograms, a powerful tool in the fight against breast cancer.
1. A mammogram is an x-ray of the breasts. While you’ll likely feel pressure and perhaps discomfort during a mammogram, it's not a painful procedure and commonly takes no more than a few minutes.
2. There's more than one type of mammogram. A screening mammogram evaluates your breast health when you're having no symptoms of breast cancer. A diagnostic mammogram looks for breast cancer if you are experiencing symptoms of the disease.
3. A mammogram can find tumors and other concerns as early as three years before they would be detectable during a physical breast exam, and often before you would start to experience symptoms if you had cancer.
4. When you should start mammogram screenings and how often you should have them depends factors including how dense your breasts are, your family history of breast cancer and other possible risks. That said, the American Cancer Society advises women of average risk to start annual mammogram screenings at age 40.
5. Mammograms don't have to be uncomfortable. Avoid scheduling your appointment the week before your period when breasts are most tender. Also, look for mammogram screening options that use Mammopad for a softer, warmer screening experience.
To learn more about mammogram and other imaging services provided at the Medical Center of Plano, visit us online. For a physician referral, please call 1-855-665-TMCP.