Mammograms are an important part of my yearly check-up. Mammography is the most widely used tool for screening for breast cancer. Screening exams are important tests to find disease before a woman develops symptoms of the breast cancer.
Now, after mammography there is a little pain in my breast whenever it is touched. What is the cause for the pain in my breast? Is there any problem or is it due to tiredness?
Percentage of women who rated overall pain or pain related to a specific aspect of the procedure at a score of 5 or greater. Reported Pain Following Mammography Screening. Arch Intern Med.
The mammogram is a low dose x-ray. Each breast is placed in turn on the x-ray machine and gently but firmly compressed with a clear plate. The compression only lasts a few seconds and does not cause any harm to the breasts. Compression is needed to keep the breast still and to get the clearest picture with the lowest amount of radiation possible.
First, let me congratulate you for getting regular mammograms. As you know, screening mammograms are one of the best ways to insure that any cancer is caught early enough to insure a good outcome. In fact, a woman whose breast cancer is detected through screening alone is, on average, 50 percent less likely to die from the disease.
Right now, mammograms are likely the most important tool doctors have to screen for and diagnose breast cancer, as well as evaluate and follow people who have been diagnosed. A French study suggests that mammograms are just as effective and cause less discomfort when women can control the amount of compression. The study was published online on Feb.
Like getting your first pap smear or having your first PMS breakdown in a public place, getting a mammogram is just one of those things women do because it's part of the business of being a woman. It's no one's idea of a good time—having your boobs manhandled and squished between metal plates while someone takes pictures sounds more horror film than medical necessity—but it's necessary. Depending on your risk factors, your doctor may recommend you start getting them earlier or have a "baseline" mammogram done in your thirties or early forties.
Mammograms are an important tool both the screening and in the diagnosis of breast cancer. The test involves placing your breast between two plates and using X-ray imaging to look for any suspicious findings. A mammogram alone cannot be used to diagnose breast cancer but can aid in the diagnosis by classifying normal or suspicious findings in detail.
Women getting their routine mammogram will often receive a letter within 30 days saying the results were normal. However, getting called back after a screening mammogram is fairly common and can be scary. Getting that call does not mean you have breast cancer, but that the doctors have found something suspicious. If you get called back, it's usually within just 5 days to take new pictures or get other tests.