A common cancer that affects women is that of breast cancer. Breast cancer affects millions of women each year. With early detection, many women can catch the problem before it spreads or worsens. This is often achieved with screening procedures such as the mammogram.
What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is a specialized imaging process that allows a doctor to evaluate a woman’s breast tissue to look for signs of breast cancer. It is recommended that women start having annual mammograms starting at the age of 40 to monitor for cancerous tissue. When breast cancer is caught in the earliest stages, women have a much higher chance of survival with appropriate treatment. In fact, finding breast cancer early reduces one’s risk of dying from breast cancer by approximately 30%! Mammograms are one of the most powerful tools our team at Premier OB/GYN has to provide early detection before other symptoms arise.
What can I expect from my mammogram appointment?
Getting a mammogram is a common occurrence and is nothing to be afraid of. This diagnostic tool allows a doctor to provide early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer in many situations. Below are a few things to do to prepare for your mammogram at Premier OB/GYN in Bradenton, FL:
- Try to avoid scheduling your mammogram during the week before your period or when experiencing breast tenderness
- Do not wear deodorant or antiperspirants the day of your visit as it can cause white spots to show up in the mammogram imaging
- Choose a facility that you plan to continue visiting each year to make it easier to monitor changes in the breasts
- Wear a top that is easy to remove for the mammogram
- Discuss with your doctor any changes you may notice with your breasts before the mammogram is completed
- Bring medical records if you are new to Premier OB/GYN and have had mammograms in the past
Schedule your mammogram today!
Screening for conditions such as breast cancer is easy with mammography. Call the doctors at Premier OB/GYN to book an appointment at 5323 4th Avenue of Bradenton, Florida. The office can be reached at (941) 745-5115 and is open to new patients.