Mammograms remain the most effective tool in identifying breast cancer early. According to the American Cancer Society, when breast cancer is detected early and in the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 99%. To ensure you can complete mammogram testing in Southfield quickly and easily, we offer this tool here in our office.
What to Expect During a Mammogram for Breast Cancer Detection
A mammogram may be slightly uncomfortable, but it’s well worth it. Breast lumps can be hard to see or feel, especially for breasts that are naturally lumpy.
During the exam, a technologist will place your breast on the machine’s plate, and an upper plate is lowered to compress the breast for a few seconds while the technologist takes a picture. You may need to stand in various positions in order for the technologist to obtain all of the images that may be needed. The entire process takes about 20 minutes, but the breast is only compressed for a few seconds at a time.
Preparing for Mammogram Testing
On the day of the exam, you shouldn’t wear deodorant, as this can show up as white spots in the images. If you have moles or other markings under your arms or around your breasts, they will be covered with small adhesive bandages for similar reasons.
If you have had mammogram testing elsewhere in the past, try to bring the records with you or have them sent to us electronically. We can use these images for comparison, and your records will indicate any areas of concern that had been detected.
For more information about what happens during a mammogram, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Feinstein, or if you would like to discuss mammogram results, call our doctor’s office or message us online.