At what age should I get my first Mammogram?
Women with an average risk of breast cancer should undergo regular, annual screening mammography beginning at age 45 years, with women having an opportunity to choose to begin annual screening as early as age 40; women 55 years and older should transition to screening every other year.
What is a Mammogram?
A mammogram is a form of radiology imaging that is used to find changes in breast tissue. Conventional digital imaging typically gives the radiologist one look at overlapping breast tissues, but 3D mammography tomosynthesis takes pictures of the breast from all different angels providing a clear, accurate view.
Always let your provider or technologist know if you have any breast changes or concerns. Also, review any medical history that could affect your breast cancer risk such as; surgery, hormone use, breast cancer in your family, or if you have had breast cancer before.
Before getting any type of imaging, it is important to tell your technologist if you are breastfeeding or if you think you might be pregnant.
Where do I go for a mammogram?
It is important to find a clinic that specializes in mammograms as they meet FDA standards of health and safety. You want to try and go to the same facility every time so that your mammograms can easily be compared from year to year. If you need to switch facilities, bring a list of the places and dates of previous mammograms, biopsies or consultations.
What to wear during a mammogram?
Arrive at your appointment wearing a two-piece outfit, as you will have to remove your shirt for the exam. Do not apply any deodorants, powder, ointment, or lotions the day of your mammogram.
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