Mammograms are an invaluable tool for the early detection of breast cancer. While they can’t treat cancer, early detection is the key to saving lives. If you’re preparing for your first mammogram, it’s natural to have a little bit of anxiety. Here’s what you can do to prepare and make the experience less intimidating.
If you’re still having regular periods, try to schedule your mammogram the week after your period when your breasts are least likely to be tender. You can also take an over the counter pain reliever an hour or so before your appointment if you are afraid that the pressure will cause too much discomfort.
Don’t wear any kind of deodorant as it can interfere with imaging. You may prefer to schedule first thing in the morning for this reason. If you have had a mammogram in the past, bring those records with you for comparison. Finally, be sure that the facility you choose is FDA certified and meets the required standards for imaging and care.
At Oak Hill Hospital, we offer digital mammogram imaging in addition to a host of other healthcare services, including emergency care, spine and orthopedic care, and even robotic surgery. Call (888) 741-5120 for more information.