Mammograms and Breast Care
What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray exam of the breasts to look for changes that are not normal. A mammogram allows the doctor to have a closer look for changes in breast tissue that cannot be felt during a breast exam. Women ages 50 to 74 years should get some mammogram every 2 years. Women younger than age 50 should talk to a doctor about when to start and how often to have a mammogram.
What is the best method of detecting breast cancer as early as possible?
High-quality mammogram plus a clinical breast exam, an exam done by your doctor, is the most effective way to detect breast cancer early. Finding breast cancer early greatly improves a woman’s chances for successful treatment.
Like any test, mammograms have both benefits and limitations. For example, some cancers can’t be found by a mammogram, but they may be found in a clinical breast exam.
Checking your own breasts for lumps or other changes is called a breast self-exam (BSE). Studies so far have not shown that BSE alone helps reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer. BSE should not take the place of routine clinical breast exams and mammograms.
If you choose to do BSE, remember that breast changes can occur because of pregnancy, aging, menopause, menstrual cycles, or from taking birth control pills or other hormones. It is normal for breasts to feel a little lumpy and uneven. Also, it is common for breasts to be swollen and tender right before or during a menstrual period. If you notice any unusual changes in your breasts, contact your doctor.
Mobile Mammograms will be hosted at The Center on August 20th and 21st, 2018. Spots are limited and registration ends August 10th. If you are eligible, please call the Breast Center at 317.338.9595 to schedule an appointment.
Reference: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office on Women’s Health