Did you know breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among U.S. women? According to breastcancer.org, about 30% of all newly diagnosed cancers in women each year are breast cancer. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, PHC is striving to raise awareness about the disease and how it can be prevented.
When it comes to preventing breast cancer, mammograms are the best way to detect the disease earlier, when it’s easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms. A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast, and it’s recommended for women to begin getting them regularly at age 40, unless concerns arise before then.
While the process of getting a mammogram is conducted similarly at every medical center, what you feel depends on the skill of the technologist, the size of your breasts, and how much they need to be pressed. Your breasts may be more sensitive if you are about to get or have your period.
Below are helpful tips to aid you in your mammogram experience:
- Try not to have your mammogram the week before you get your period or during your period. Your breasts may be tender or swollen then.
- On the day of your mammogram, don’t wear deodorant, perfume, or powder. These products can show up as white spots on the X-ray.
- Some women prefer to wear a top with a skirt or pants, instead of a dress. You will need to undress from your waist up for the mammogram.
- Talk to your healthcare provider about the process of getting a mammogram and if you have any questions or concerns.
Talk to your provider at your next visit to learn more. To find the PHC clinic nearest to you, visit phciowa.org/locations and book an appointment with one of our trusted providers today!
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