Myths and Facts about Mammography
Myth: I don't need a mammogram if I don't have any symptoms or problems.
Myth: I've had a normal mammogram so I don't need another.
Myth: Having a mammogram is very painful.
Myth: If a mammogram does detect a problem, it's too late to do anything about it.
Myth: I don't need a mammogram unless my healthcare professional says I do.
Most Breast Lumps are NOT Cancerous
Most lumps are benign; not cancerous. The most common breast lump is dense breast tissue called fibrocystic tissue. The fibrous tissue of the breast increases causing lumpiness. This is seen most commonly in women under age 50 and is thought to be related to estrogen production. Cysts are also common causes of lumpiness and are fluid filled sacs which can come and go but never turn into cancer. Fibroadenomas are fibrous tissue that form benign noncancerous tumors in that breast. They are frequently mobile when touched and occur most commonly in ages 18 to 35.
Early Detection Saves Lives
The American Cancer Society recommends the following schedule for women at average risk:
Tips for a Better Mammogram
On the day of your mammogram, do not use any body glitter. This can cause artifacts on your images.
Schedule your mammogram one week after your period ends to limit tenderness with compression.
Please call ahead to obtain a film release from outside facilities for comparison of your mammogram.
Tell the technologist of any changes in your breast since your last exam.
Consider wearing pants in lieu of a dress on the day of your mammogram for your personal comfort. Inform the technologist if you may be pregnant.