October has considered breast cancer awareness month in which various organizations play their role to raise awareness about breast cancer. It is one of the most common types of cancer among women and needs early detection for successful treatment. Mammograms are one of the breast cancer screening tests that help diagnose cancer early.
With Pink October around the corner, sharing information about breast cancer is not only helpful but can save lives. So, to prepare for breast cancer awareness month, let us learn more about one of the most important detection tools- the Mammogram.
What is a Mammogram?
A Mammogram is a diagnostic test that refers to an X-ray of the breast. It is used to screen for breast cancer and diagnose, evaluate, and check women who’ve had breast cancer before. It is one of the most tested methods that can detect early signs of breast cancer, sometimes up to three years before it can be felt. Mammograms have been used to treat women for over 50 years.
How is it Performed?
Getting a Mammogram done may feel uncomfortable for most women, and some even find it painful. But it only takes a few moments, and the discomfort is over soon.
During the test, you will be asked to stand in front of the X-ray machine. The two plates of the device will be pressed against your breasts, and the X-ray will be taken. You might feel some pressure on your chest. The steps will be repeated to collect a side view of the breast.
Bear in mind that the technologist who conducts the screening cannot tell you your Mammogram results; only a doctor can.
What can a Mammogram Reveal?
Mammograms cannot prove that an abnormal area shown in the x-ray is cancer, but they can help determine whether more testing is required. The two main types of changes detected with a Mammogram are:
Calcifications: These are tiny mineral deposits within the breast tissues. They look like small white spots on the X-ray photo and may or may not be caused by cancer.
Masses: They could be many things, including cysts and cancerous or non-cancerous solid tumors. Any mass that’s not a simple fluid-filled cyst usually needs to be sent for biopsy.
Difference Between Screening and Diagnostic Mammograms
Screening Mammograms are used for women who don’t have any breast symptoms or problems. X-ray photos of each breast are taken from two different angles.
However, diagnostic Mammograms are used for women who have breast problems or if a change is seen on a screening Mammogram. They may include different angles of the breast that aren’t part of screening Mammograms. Diagnostic Mammograms are also used to check women who were treated for breast cancer in the past.
What Happens if my Mammogram is Abnormal?
If the results reveal an abnormal Mammogram, it does not always mean that it is cancer. You will need to get additional Mammograms and tests done before your doctor can confirm the diagnosis. These follow-up tests are done to diagnose any other breast problems and cancer as well.
Schedule your Mammogram Appointment Today
With breast cancer awareness month approaching, we encourage and invite all women to be more proactive in safeguarding their health. It would be best if you get yourself screened for breast cancer with the help of a Mammogram.
At Euromed Clinic Center, we offer you a comfortable Mammogram experience and an expert consultation with our gynecologists. So, make an appointment for your Mammogram today by filling in the form below.