Things Women Should Have in Mind before Going for a Mammogram

Things Women Should Have in Mind before Going for a Mammogram

A mammogram (แมมโมแกรม, which is the term in Thai) is useful in finding tiny, curable breast cancers before they get more evident.

X-ray images used to screen for breast cancer help in detecting breast cancer early and play a crucial role in minimising deaths from breast cancer.

If you’re scheduling your first mammogram, here are a few things you should have in mind.

Don’t Schedule your Appointment Until After Your Period

To comprehensively get the pictures of your breast tissue, X-ray professionals must squeeze your breasts during mammograms, which can be painful. Scheduling your appointment after your period (as opposed to before) will help reduce the breast sensitivity.

Furthermore, for women with very sensitive breasts are especially sensitive, anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen may be prescribed, before your mammogram to help you tolerate the squeezing.

Go Along With Your Prior Mammogram Images 

It’s advisable to wait a couple of days or weeks for your old mammogram images to be sent to a new facility.

Mammography involves trying to identify variations in the breast tissue. When you go along with prior pictures taken at other hospitals, you save yourself from the stress of having a biopsy or taking additional photos.

 Avoid wearing Deodorant or Other Lotions

Crystals found in deodorants, perfumes, lotions, powders, and creams can appear on mammograms, thereby confusing the image.

Thankfully most mammogram facilities are equipped with deodorant and other cosmetics that you can use after the procedure; hence you won’t have to worry about going the entire day without your cosmetics:

Insurance Covers Your Mammogram.

Currently, for women that are 40 or older, your mammogram screening is covered by insurance plans. However, that may not always apply; hence, it is advisable to confirm with your insurance provider before surgery.

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