As I listened to my sister’s fears and struggles and helped her through them, I realized we can do so much more to help people. There are a lot of fears and anxieties that people have that we as doctors don’t realize because it is so close to us. October is breast Cancer awareness month and while seeing the shades of pink everywhere can be great, I think the awareness messages can get lost. I want to connect with people and help them understand this common cancer that affects 1 in 7 women. Screening mammograms are the best method we have in preventing breast cancer. Although there are several published guidelines, it is generally recommended that all women over age 40 have an annual mammogram.
Here are some other important facts that you need to know about mammograms:
40 and Older
Try and Get 3D
No Deodorant until After
Wear Two Piece Clothing
Schedule after Your Period
Time your mammogram for one week after your menstrual period if you suffer from breast tenderness. Some women find mammograms painful, and this timing affords the most comfort. Remember that each picture only takes a few seconds.