October 11, 2019

Getting Your First Mammogram

Are you getting your first mammogram this month? National Mammography Day is October 18th and we’ve put together of a list of things to be aware of when it comes to getting your first mammogram.

Preparing for Your Mammogram

Mammograms don’t have to be daunting or be something you dread. If you’re able to, get your mammograms at the same facility every year so it is easy to compare them from year to year. The American Cancer Society recommends scheduling your mammogram when your breasts are not swollen or tender, which can help to reduce the discomfort and get better photos. In this case, it may be a good idea to not schedule your mammogram the week before you get your period.

Before getting your mammogram, talk about any recent changes or problems with your breasts with your doctor. On the day of the mammogram, the American Cancer Society recommends not wearing antiperspirant or deodorant, as some of the substances in these products can show up on your x-rays as white spots.

What to Expect

When heading in to get your exam, you will be asked to undress above your waist for your mammogram. Your facility will provide a wrap for you to wear during the mammogram. You may want to wear pants to the mammogram so you only have to take off your top. A technologist will help position you for your mammogram, which will only take about 20 minutes. Your breast will be placed on a machine’s plate and flattened to get the best quality photo while the plastic upper plate compresses your breast for several seconds while the photo is being taken.

Getting Your Results

A full report of your mammogram results will be sent to your doctor. If you don’t hear about your results from your doctor within 10 days, call your doctor or the facility where your mammogram was performed. Don’t ever assume that because you haven’t received a call, your mammogram was normal.

Mountainside Medical Center’s Breast Health Program provides the finest quality care in a pleasant, convenient setting that affords every patient personalized attention and support.  Comprehensive prevention, diagnostic and treatment services are provided by a multidisciplinary team of skilled physicians and staff.

To schedule a mammogram, please call 877-523-7787.  Same day appointments are often available.

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