Let’s talk about Mammograms: American Cancer Society
Why should I have one?
*As you get older, your chances of having breast cancer go up. Women can get breast cancer even after menopause.
*Even if you have no changes or lumps in your breast , you should get regular mammograms.
*Even if you have no breast cancer in your family, you still need mammograms.
*If you do have breast cancer, finding it early could help you live to do the things that are important to you.
I have heard it hurts:
When the plates press your breast, this “squeeze” might hurt for a minute. Some women say that it’s painful; others say that it doesn’t hurt at all.
What happens if they find something?
If something is seen on the mammogram, it doesn’t mean that you have breast cancer. You might need more tests. Then your doctor can make the best plan for you.
How much does a mammogram cost?
Most health plans and Medicare cover the cost of mammograms. If you have Medicaid or have no insurance, you may be able to get a free mammogram in your state. Check with your health department.
To get my mammogram I should call:
*My doctor or nurse
*My local health center or women’s clinic
*The American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 and ask for help getting a mammogram where I live.
What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is an x-ray of your breast. It can find breast changes that are too small for you or your doctor or nurse to feel.
How is a mammogram done?
You stand in front of the x-ray machines and place your breast between two plastic plates. Those plates press each breast to make it flat to get a good pitch.
* Anyone can get breast cancer. But your chances go up as you get older.
*Even small breast cancers can be found with a mammogram.
*If breast cancer is found when it’s small and before it has spread, it’s easier to treat.
Steps I’m willing to take for my health:
*I will call 1-800-227-2345 to find out more about mammograms and breast cancer.
*I will ask my doctor or nurse how to get a mammogram.
*I will schedule my mammogram.
*I will call if I don’t get the results of my mammogram.
For cancer information, day to day help and emotional support, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345. We’re here when you need us-24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
American Cancer Society
Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the American Cancer Society pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call them directly for more information on testing.