Overview

At Castaneda OBGYN, we recognize the critical role that mammograms play in women’s healthcare, particularly for those aged 40 and above. Let’s explore the details:

  1. What Is a Mammogram?
    • A specialized imaging procedure that captures breast images.
    • Enables early detection of breast cancer.
    • Vital for better treatment options and increased survival rates.

  2. Procedure:
    • Quick and painless.
    • Images taken of each breast to visualize internal structures.
    • Mammography is the most effective method for detecting breast tumors, even those too small to be felt.
    • Regular screenings reduce breast cancer deaths significantly.

  3. Preparation Tips:
    • Caffeine Avoidance: Refrain from caffeine consumption two weeks before the appointment (to reduce breast tenderness).
    • Timing Considerations: Avoid premenstrual or postovulatory phases of the menstrual cycle (when breasts may be tender).
    • Cosmetics and Deodorant: Avoid applying these before the mammogram.
    • Previous Mammograms: Provide prior mammograms for comparison.

  4. Digital Mammography:
    • Digital Breast Tomosynthesis: Newer technology producing computerized breast images.
    • Benefits:
      • Faster and more accurate results.
      • Reduces the need for additional imaging.
      • Shorter examination times.
      • Suitable for women with denser breasts and post-menopausal women.

  5. After Your Mammogram:
    • Abnormal Results: Additional images may be taken for clarity.
    • Cancerous Lesions: Treatment options discussed (radiotherapy, hormone treatment, chemotherapy).
    • Most Breast Changes: Detected by mammograms are not malignant.
    • Yearly Mammograms: Recommended for women over 40.

 

Remember to prioritize your breast health and schedule regular mammograms. Consult with our healthcare providers for personalized guidance.