As the sunshine finally is starting to poke its head out for the summer, so too will many parts of your skin that haven’t seen daylight since September. This is a perfect opportunity to pay attention to your entire body, breasts included. And if you are over 40, it may be time for a mammogram.
Q: What is a mammogram?
Marla Ahlgrimm: A mammogram is a way that doctors take a look inside of your breasts. Think of it as an x-ray machine catered specifically for the fatty tissue of your chest. A mammogram is designed to help doctors identify breast cancer early on so that you can get treatment before it becomes progressive.
Q: How is it done?
Marla Ahlgrimm: A technologist will assist you in placing your breast on a large platform. Next, an arm will come down and flatten your breasts between two plates. This is, unfortunately, somewhat uncomfortable. However, it lasts only a few moments and may save your life. Keep in mind, further, that because your breasts will need to be exposed, it might be wise to wear pants or a skirt and a separate top since you will be asked to disrobe from the waist up.
Q: What does it feel like?
Q: Does everyone need a mammogram?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Every woman should talk to her doctor about having a mammogram. Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death in women, and a mammogram can identify even small areas of breast cancer up to three years before they may be felt by hand.