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Tips for Getting the Best Possible Mammogram from the American Cancer Society

  • If you have a choice, use a facility that specializes in mammograms and does many.
  • Try to go to the same facility every time so that your mammograms can easily be compared from year to year.
  • If you’re going to a facility for the first time, bring a list of the places and dates of mammograms, biopsies, or other breast treatments you’ve had.
  • If you’ve had mammograms at another facility, try to get those records so the old pictures can be compared to the new ones.
  • Schedule your mammogram when your breasts are not tender or swollen. Try to avoid the week just before your period.
  • Don’t wear deodorant or antiperspirant. Some of these contain substances that can show up on the x-ray as white spots.
  • You might find it easier to wear a skirt or pants instead of a dress.
  • Discuss any recent changes or problems in your breasts with your health care provider before getting the mammogram.
  • If you have any special needs, such as a limited ability to stand, tell the facility when you schedule.

Don’t be afraid of mammograms!

Remember that only 2 to 4 screening mammograms in 1,000 lead to a diagnosis of breast cancer. And when breast cancer is detected early, lives are saved.



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