What To Do To Prepare For A Mammogram – Mammograms are one of the best breast cancer screening tools available today. Why are mammograms so important? Because they save life. According to the American Cancer Society, when breast cancer is detected early and at a local stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 99%. Mammograms are key to early detection.
Whether you’re preparing for a mammogram or a diagnostic mammogram, knowing what to expect and how to prepare is essential to successfully completing this important screening. Here are some mammogram preparation tips to keep in mind when preparing for a mammogram. After reading the tips below, print the Mammogram Preparation Checklist or review it on your device as you prepare for your mammogram.
What To Do To Prepare For A Mammogram
Talk to your healthcare provider about how to prepare for your mammogram and any recent changes or problems with your breasts
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Anytime you experience a change in shape, size, or texture, or feel a lump in or around one of your breasts, you should see your healthcare provider to discuss the changes and determine your next steps.
It is important to remember that breast changes or lumps are not cancerous, and all changes and lumps should be investigated promptly and thoroughly.
If it’s time for your annual screening mammogram, or if your healthcare provider recommends a diagnostic mammogram, don’t delay this important screening schedule.
Also try to choose a facility that offers 3D mammograms or tomosynthesis. This type of modern mammogram detects cancer more accurately than the older analog X-ray mammogram.
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Some women may face barriers to obtaining or receiving a mammogram, such as finding a mammogram facility, being able to pay for a mammogram, or knowing what to say at an appointment.
See Mammogram for a list of free or low-cost mammogram facilities and other tips for getting your mammogram on time. Or search the FDA Mammogram Facility database by zip code to find a mammogram facility near you.
Due to natural hormonal changes in the body, many women experience tender or swollen breasts at some point during their menstrual cycle.
To minimize discomfort during a mammogram, schedule your mammogram a week before and during your period, when your breasts are at their most tender.
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For more information on how to encourage the best and most comfortable mammogram experience, read 4 Things to Know at Your Next Mammogram.
Below is a list of documents you should have when preparing for your mammogram.
If you have had a previous mammogram but are going to a new facility for your next mammogram, take your previous mammogram images and report them from the previous mammogram.
Sometimes the old facility can digitally send pictures and reports to the new facility, but in some cases you need to get a physical copy to send to the new facility.
Preparing For A Mammogram
There are strict guidelines to follow on the day of your mammogram. Check with your mammogram for specific guidelines they have, and follow the best practices listed below.
Using certain health and beauty products on the day of your mammogram may interfere with the mammogram reading.
Avoid using the following types of products on your breasts, breasts, and underwear on the day of your mammogram:
If you use deodorant or other products on your breasts, breasts, or underwear on the day of your appointment, remove them with soap and water before your mammogram. But if you can’t take a bath or shower before your appointment, don’t worry—mammogram facilities will have swabs to flush the product out of your body.
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But remember that this discomfort will only last for a few seconds. If you are experiencing pain during a mammogram, or if you have had pain during a previous mammogram, talk to your doctor about taking over-the-counter pain medication 1 hour before your mammogram.
You can also ask if the mammogram facility provides mammogram pillows. This cushion is placed over the image detector and helps to provide more comfort during screening.
You only need to remove your top and bra for a mammogram. So it’s best to wear two pieces of clothing, such as a dress that can easily be worn with pants, shorts, or a skirt.
You will also be standing during the mammogram (unless you have physical limitations), so comfortable shoes, not high heels, are recommended.
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Necklaces and long earrings should be removed for the mammogram. Leave your jewelry at home to avoid the risk of loss.
You don’t need to avoid eating or drinking before your mammogram, so eat and drink as usual on the day of your appointment.
If you take your medication every day, or are on a medication regimen, you can take your medication as usual on the scheduled day.
You may be asked about the medications you are taking during your appointment, so be prepared to show the medications and dosages to the nurse or facility technician.
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Yes, you can bathe or shower before your mammogram. Do not forget to apply antiperspirants, deodorants, lotions, creams, powders, perfumes, and cosmetics after showering or bathing.
Yes, you can use soap in the shower or bath as usual before your mammogram. Remember not to use the following products on your chest, breasts or underwear after showering or bathing: antiperspirants, deodorants, lotions, creams, powders, perfumes, cosmetics.
Yes, you can shave your armpits before your mammogram. Remember not to use antiperspirant or deodorant on your arm before your mammogram.
You can wear makeup to your mammogram. Do not apply makeup or other cosmetics to the breasts, breasts, or underwear before a mammogram.
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Yes, you can use hairspray and other hair products before your mammogram. Be careful not to spray on breasts, breasts or undergarments when applying.
Yes, you can get a mammogram during your period. However, remember that a woman’s breasts are at their most tender a week before and during pregnancy, which can cause discomfort during the examination. If possible, try to schedule a mammogram within a week or two of your period.
Mammograms are key to early detection. Get the NBCF Mammo Pact today to encourage you and your loved ones to make breast health a priority in the coming year!
For more information on what to expect and how to prepare for a mammogram, download our free e-book, Mammogram 101.
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NBCF is here to help people affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support. If you need more help on how to prepare for a mammogram, please leave a comment below. We know that not knowing what the mammogram process entails can be frustrating. And as women, we all know how important it is to get an annual mammogram after turning 40. But should you expect it? How do you prepare?
When your breasts are smaller, schedule your massage a month in advance or later. This will help prevent discomfort during the exam.
It is important to have an open and honest conversation with the technologist and let them know how you feel. Ailo Health Technologists are here to help you. Don’t let anything get in the way of being honest about yourself.
You want to dress comfortably for the exam. You’ll be removing all of your clothing from the waist, so you’ll want to avoid one-pieces.
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It is best not to wear jewelry on the day of the scheduled exam, as you will have to remove it. This will help you not to lose or forget anything.
Since your breasts have not changed, it is important for your doctor to be able to compare past exams. So, if you move to a different imaging facility in the future, send images to the new facility as scheduled.
Your technologist will ask about your personal and family history of breast cancer. If you have any questions or concerns about your breasts, now is the time to tell your technologist. This is a safe and open discussion between you and the technologist so you feel comfortable throughout the process.
As mentioned in the section above, prepare to be asked to remove all clothing from the waist. After dressing you will be given clothes.
What To Expect During A Mammogram
The technologist will check all the positions you are in, your expectations and your pain tolerance before the exam.
Lynn, one of Ailo Health’s mammographers, reassures patients before their mammograms