A mammogram uses a low-dose X-ray to see inside the breasts to help doctors detect and diagnose breast diseases. It is recommended that mammogram should be performed every 2 years on women from the age of 50 to 74 years or earlier and more frequently if you have high risk factors for developing breast cancer like family history or BRCA gene positive. You should also see a doctor and have a mammogram if you detect an unusual lump in your breast during your routine monthly breast self-examination (also read Breast Self-Examination”).

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How to prepare for a mammogram

  • The best time for a mammogram is one week after your period. This is because your breast may be tender just before your period
  • Inform the doctor or technician if there is any possibility that you are pregnant
  • Do NOT wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or on your breasts on the day of the mammogram because it may appear as white spots on the X-ray
  • Wear a separate top from your skirt or trousers to make it easy to do the mammogram

Reference: drugs.com, cdc.gov

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