STEP APPROACH TO BREAST CANCER EARLY DETECTION
What is mammography?
A. A mammogram is a safe low-dose X ray of your breasts
that looks for breast cancer that is too small for you or
your health-care provider to feel. If your health-care provider
does not suggest a mammogram, ask for one.
When should I get a mammogram?
A. Every woman age 40 and over should have a yearly
Does mammography hurt?
A. A mammogram takes only a few seconds of pressure,
and it can be slightly uncomfortable; however, most women
do not find mammography painful.
If no one in my family has had breast cancer do I need a mammogram?
A. Yes. Although having breast cancer in your family
may increase your risk, most women who are diagnosed with
breast cancer do not have a family history of breast
Are mammograms safe? I heard they cause cancer.
A. Modern mammography equipment uses very small doses
of radiation and does not cause an increased risk of breast
If I'm age 65 or older should I have a mammogram?
A. Yes. Yearly mammograms are essential for women 65
years and older because the risk of developing breast cancer
increases with age.
Is a mammogram expensive?
A. Most insurance companies pay for screening mammograms.
No-cost and low-cost programs are available through the Cancer
Detection Program and the YWCA EncorePlus programs. For additional
information call the American Cancer Society or the Susan
G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Medi-Cal and Medicare also
cover clinical breast exams and mammograms.
If my doctor says they found something suspicious on my mammogram,
but suggests waiting, what should I do?
A. Ask if there is another procedure that can be done
to confirm a diagnosis. Consider seeking a second opinion.
Cancer Society's 8 tips for a good mammogram:
see a FDA certificate that is issued to all facilities that
meet high professional standards of safety and quality.
Use a facility
that either specializes in mammography or performs many mammograms
are satisfied that the facility is of high quality, continue
to go there on a regular basis so that your mammograms can
be compared year to year.
4. If you change facilities,
ask for your old mammograms to take with you to the new facility
so they can be compared to the new ones.
5. If you have sensitive breasts,
have your mammogram at a time of the month when your breasts
will be least tender. Try to avoid the week right before your
period. This will help to lessen the discomfort.
6. Dont wear deodorant
powder or cream under your arms as it may interfere with the
quality of the mammogram.
7. Bring a list of the places,
dates of mammograms, biopsies, or other breast treatments
you have had before.
8. If you do not hear from your
physician within 10 days, do not assume your mammogram is
normal. Confirm this by calling your physician or the facility.
If you're over 40 . . .
|| ask for
it is an x ray picture of the inside of your breast
it could save your life and could also save your
guidelines are for women with no known risk factors. Women
with symptoms, breast health concerns and/or a family history
of breast cancer should consult a health-care provider.
also develop breast cancer. A breast lump or change in a male
breast needs to be checked out by a health-care provider right