Women’s Health

Women’s Health

Mammography is an X-ray technique used to study the breasts. It can help doctors find breast cancer at an early stage (when treatment is more likely to succeed). About one in eight women will develop breast cancer during their lives. The risk of breast cancer increases with age. Most cases occur after menopause. By age 50, yearly mammography should be a regular part of your health care. 



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What is mammography?

Mammography is a simple X-ray process. It passes low doses of X-rays through the breasts. No dyes have to be injected or swallowed and no instruments will be put in your body.

Mammography can be done in a doctor’s office, a clinic, a mobile screening van or a hospital. It is done by an X-ray technician trained in mammography. The results then are read by a specially trained doctor (radiologist).

Who should have mammography?

Women aged 40-49 years should have mammography done every one to two years. Women aged 50 years and older should have it done every year.

You also may need mammography if you have any of these signs:

  • Unexplained lump or thickening in the breast or in the armpit
  • 
Puckers or dimples in the skin of the breast
  • Discharge or bleeding that comes from the nipple
  • 
A recent change in the nipple, such as a retracted nipple (a nipple that has pulled inward)
  • 
A change in the skin of the breast

Mammography is vital for all women, especially older women. The size of your breasts does not matter.

What to expect?

The day you have the test done, you should not wear powders, lotions or deodorants. This is because most of these products have substances that can show on the X-ray films.

To get ready for the test, you’ll need to undress from the waist up and put on a gown. You’ll be asked to stand or sit in front of the X-ray machine. Two smooth, flat plastic or glass plates will be placed around one of your breasts. The plates will flatten your breast so that the most tissue can be viewed with the least radiation.

The pressure of the plates may make the breasts ache.

 

Are there any risks?

Mammography exposes a woman to a very low dose of X-rays. The dose is much lower than the natural level of radiation received from the environment during one year. Some cancers cannot be seen on a mammogram. Even lumps that can be felt may not show up. The combination of mammography, regular visits to your doctor, and self-exam may give the best results.

What if the test result is positive?

Most lumps found in the breast are benign—not cancer. To confirm the results of mammography, special X-ray views or other tests, such as ultrasonography, may be useful. Other tests can tell your doctor more about the type of lump. They include:

  • Needle aspiration
  • 
Biopsy

Mammography is 
preventative health care


Combined with regular checkups and breast self-exams, mammography is a good way to find cancer at an early and more curable stage. It has large benefits and small risks. For women aged 40 years and older, mammography should be part of your routine health care.

At Bestcare Family Medical Center in Garland, Texas, we’re committed to providing you and your family with the best family care, urgent care, and emergency care available. Our medical practice is conveniently located in Garland, TX, we also serve Dallas, Mesquite, Richardson, Rowlett, Rockwall, Wylie, Sachse and surrounding communities. Call BestCare at 972-240-1789 to schedule an appointment today.

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Dr. Carlson can teach you helpful tips and practical ways to control or prevent the disease.

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