More than 12% of women in the United States will be affected by breast cancer at some point in their life. If you have concerns about your breast health, the expert OB/GYNs at Woodglen Medical Group in Glendora, California offer on-site mammography at their state-of-the-art facility. You don’t have to be a current patient to schedule a mammogram. Whether you’re an existing or new patient, call today or book an appointment online.
Mammography, or a mammogram, is an X-ray of your breast tissue. You may need a mammogram to screen for breast cancer or to assess your breast health if you’ve found a lump or are experiencing breast pain or discharge.
Mammography screening for breast cancer may help catch any tissue changes early and improve treatment outcomes.
Every woman’s health needs are different, and the team at Woodglen Medical Group provide personalized guidelines on when you should start mammography and the recommended frequency of screening based on your age, current breast health or concerns, and family history of breast cancer.
These are the common breast cancer screening guidelines:
The team goes over the risks and benefits of mammography before you start, so you can make an informed decision about when to start screening and how often.
Before the X-ray, you’ll get undressed and wear a special medical wrap. Once you’re ready, the X-ray technician positions your breast on top of a special plate and lowers the top plate to compress the breast tissue, allowing for the most accurate image.
The whole process takes about 20 minutes, but it takes the X-ray technician only a few seconds to capture the images of your breast tissue. Most women only need two images of each breast for a cancer screening; however, if you have breast implants or large breasts, the doctor may need additional images.
Additional images are also necessary if you’ve discovered a lump or have other breast health concerns.
If the mammogram screening detects an abnormality in your breast tissue, you may need additional testing, such as an ultrasound or biopsy. If cancer is identified, your OB/GYN will refer you to a qualified breast cancer specialist.
If you need a mammogram, don’t wait. Call today or schedule an appointment online.