October is breast cancer awareness month, so we’ve partnered up with our friends at Charlotte Radiology to bring you the latest and most important information about your breasts! We keep you healthy by giving you a results-driven workout aimed at transforming not only your body, but your overall health. But this part is up to you. We know our HSM Family is mega-busy, but don’t let your breast health fall to the wayside!
Know your body and your breasts
Being “breast aware” is essential to noticing changes that may occur. Make a point to know your body, performing monthly self-breast exams and systemically feeling for lumps. And always report changes to your healthcare provider.
What to watch for
- A new lump
- Nipple discharge
- Shape or size changes in the breast
- Nipple changes
- Skin changes
When to schedule your appointment
Women 40+ should schedule screening mammogram appointments every year. Screening mammography can detect breast cancer as early as two years before a lump can be felt. Most insurance plans cover these at 100%.
What to expect from a mammogram
Most mammogram appointments take less than 20 minutes and require no real preparation. Your mammogram will be performed by a mammography-certified, female technologist. After you check in, you will be escorted to a private dressing room, where you will be asked to undress from the waist up. You will be given a gown that opens in the front. The technologist will ask you several questions, so she can better understand your history and/or any problems you may be having.
During your appointment, breast compression may cause some brief discomfort, but it shouldn’t be painful (it’s recommended that you schedule your mammogram during the two weeks following your menstrual cycle for minimum breast tenderness). Breast compression helps facilitate better x-rays by flattening the breast so that the maximum amount of tissue can be examined. This allows for a lower X-ray dose, and holding the breast in place prevents blurring on the mammogram.
Ready to schedule your appointment?
Charlotte Radiology serves over 100,000 women annually. Schedule a mammogram with with them today by clicking here!