A mammogram is an X-ray test of the breasts used to screen for breast problems, such as a lump, and whether a lump is fluid-filled (a cyst) or a solid mass. To learn more about digital mammograms in South Florida, call us today.
A mammogram is done to help screen for, or detect, breast cancer. Many small tumors can be seen on a mammogram before they can be felt by a woman or her doctor. Cancer is most easily treated and cured when it is discovered at an early stage.
Mammograms do not prevent breast cancer or reduce a woman’s risk of developing cancer, but regular mammograms can reduce a woman’s risk of dying from breast cancer by detecting cancer when it is more easily treated.
During a mammogram, the breasts are compressed between two firm surfaces in order to spread out the breast tissue. Once the breast is in place, an X-ray captures black-and-white images that are displayed on a screen and examined by a doctor. Mammograms can be used for screening or diagnostic purposes. Age and risk factor of breast cancer will help your doctor determine when and how often you should have a mammogram.
Screening mammography is used to detect breast changes when there are no known signs or symptoms or breast abnormalities. The goal of this type of exam is to detect cancer early - before any clinical signs are noticeable.
Diagnostic mammography is recommended when there are suspicious breast changes including a new breast lump, breast pain, unusual skin appearance, nipple thickening or discharge. Diagnostic mammograms include additional mammogram images.
If your doctor prescribes a mammogram, it is important to schedule your appointment as soon as possible. Early detection saves lives! Be sure to bring any prior films or CDs to your appointment.
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For more information about digital mammograms in South Florida, please call us today at (954) 900-2020 to make an appointment.