What is a mammogram?

  • An X-ray of the breast.
  • It is the best test doctors have to find breast cancer early.

How is a mammogram done?

  • You stand in front of a special X-ray machine.
  • A technician will place your breast on a clear plastic plate.
  • The plates will flatten your breast to hold it still to take the X-ray.
  • The other breast will be X-rayed the same way.

Then what happens?

  • The technician will check the X-rays to make sure they are clear.
  • The technician cannot tell you the results.
  • A doctor with special training will read the X-rays and send a report to your doctor.

Tips for getting a mammogram

  • Try not to have your mammogram the week before or during your period (menstrual cycle), because your breasts may be tender or swollen.
  • On the day of your mammogram, do not wear deodorant, perfume, or powder.
  • Wear a top with a skirt or pants, instead of a dress.
  • You will need to undress from your waist up for the mammogram.

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