Breast Cancer Prevention: What to Expect During Your Mammogram! by Donna John

Women's Health Cancer
7 years ago

Breast Cancer Prevention: What to Expect During Your Mammogram!

A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray image of the breast. Mammograms are still the best way to find breast cancer early, says the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). They can find breast lumps when they are too small for a woman or her doctor to feel. Here’s how your mammogram should be performed, according to the FDA:

  • You will need to take off your shirt and bra.
  • You will stand in front of the X-ray machine.
  • Your breast is placed on a small platform.
  • A clear plastic plate presses down on the breast for a few seconds. Some women say the pressure feels uncomfortable, but most don’t find it painful.
  • The technologist will take several pictures of the breast.
  • A specialist then looks at the X-ray pictures to see if there are any changes in the breast.
  • You and your health care provider should get a written report of the results within 30 days after your mammogram. Call if you don’t get your results. Don’t assume that everything is normal. 
  • You have the right to get the original mammogram X-ray pictures.

Find a certified mammogram site near you with your zip code. Learn more about mammograms.

The information on is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information provided through this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal health care provider.

Elisa Schmitz
Excellent tips for what to expect during your mammogram. Thanks for demystifying the process, Donna John !
Ahmed Bakran
Donna John, your insightful tips on what to expect during a mammogram are truly appreciated. Demystifying the process makes it so much more approachable for many. Thank you!"

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