Mammograms play an important role in detecting breast cancer
Atlanta women’s OBGYN know how important it is for Atlanta, GA women to get regular mammograms. But, though most girls grow up knowing they will need to have these regularly at some point, they aren’t really sure what to expect. This can lead to some anxiety about this test. Below, we answer common questions regarding mammograms to help you prepare.
Q. What is a mammogram?
A. A mammogram is a type of x-ray that checks for signs of breast cancer. This important test scans breast tissue to look for masses that could be cancerous.
Q.Why do I need to get a mammogram?
A. It is important that women get mammograms regularly, or as recommended by their Atlanta women’s OBGYN, to check for breast cancer. Early detection is a key factor in successfully treating this disease, making regular mammograms important.
Q. How often do I need to get them?
A. Typically, your Atlanta women’s OBGYN will recommend you start getting annual mammograms between the ages of 45 and 55. Once you turn 55 you can usually move to getting them every two years. However, if breast cancer runs in your family, let your Atlanta women’s OBGYN know. They may have you start having mammograms earlier and more frequently.
Q. What happens during a mammogram?
A. Not knowing what to expect before you have a mammogram can make the test a little nerve wracking. However, it’s nothing to stress out over. When you arrive, you’ll be asked to remove your clothing from the waist up and given a gown. Once you enter the room, a technician will start the test. This involves your breast being squeezed between two plates. This spreads out your breast tissue so they can look for abnormalities. Once both sides are done, so are you. You can get redressed and get back to your day.
Q. Do I need to do anything to prepare?
A. There isn’t much you have to do to prepare for your mammogram. You can take medications as normal and eat like you normally do. However, you should not wear lotion and don’t put on deodorant or antiperspirant that day. These can impact the readings. Your Atlanta women’s OBGYN will be answer any questions you have about preparing for your mammogram.
Atlanta women’s OBGYN in Atlanta, GA
Atlanta, GA women who haven’t had a mammogram, and are at the age where they should, honor Breast Cancer Awareness month by making an appointment. We hope you’ll consider meeting the staff at Georgia OBGYN. Our team of Atlanta women’s OBGYN has served the community for over 30 years and is happy to discuss any questions you have. Contact our office today to make your appointment.