Early detection through a mammogram is crucial to increasing the chances of successfully treating breast cancer. Screening mammograms are recommended for women with no symptoms to help identify cancers early. West Kendall OBGYN provides mammograms to help women in the Kendall and West Kendall areas of Miami and Doral, Florida, stay on top of their health. If you are due for a mammogram, call the office nearest you to schedule with West Kendall OBGYN or request an appointment online.
What are mammograms?
Mammograms refer to X-ray examinations of your breast. They are used as a screening test to identify signs of breast cancer.
The X-ray images allow your provider to closely examine your breast tissue for any abnormal changes they wouldn’t be able to feel with a simple breast exam.
Why are mammograms so important?
A high-quality screening mammogram and a breast exam by a skilled provider at West Kendall OBGYN is the most effective method for detecting early signs of breast cancer. Early detection improves the chances of treating breast cancer successfully.
How often should I get a mammogram?
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that women with an average risk for breast cancer should receive a screening mammogram starting at the age of 40.
Women with an average risk for breast cancer should have screening mammograms every one or two years based on an informed discussion with their provider. You should continue regular screening mammograms until at least age 75.
Beyond age 75, the decision to discontinue screening mammograms is based on your health status and longevity.
Do mammograms hurt?
During a mammogram, you stand in front of the mammography machine while a technician places your breast firmly between two plates. The plates flatten your breast tissue while the machine takes X-ray images. The process is then repeated with your other breast.
The providers at West Kendall OBGYN strive to make your mammogram as comfortable as possible, but you may feel some pressure on your breasts. The test only lasts a few minutes, so any mild discomfort you may experience is over quickly.
What do the results of my mammogram mean?
If your mammogram returns normal results, you don’t have to do anything else until your next recommended screening. Since your provider looks for changes in your breast tissue, it’s best to continue receiving mammograms at regular intervals.
Abnormal mammogram results don’t always mean you have cancer, but they do require additional testing.
To schedule a mammogram screening for breast cancer, call West Kendall OBGYN today, or book an appointment online.