1,856 women were diagnosed to have breast cancer each year. Mammograms are the most effective way of detecting this early.
DO I NEED ONE?
NOPE, if you are less than 40 years of age
NOPE, if you have breast implant, breast lumps, blood-stained nipple discharge, pregnant or breast feeding. See your doctor instead.
YES, Once a year if you are 40 to 49 after doctor’s consultation. Every two years if you are above 50.
TELL ME HOW
Best time is within the two weeks after your period. Wear a blouse, not a dress. Avoid perfume and talc.
There will be light firm pressure on your breasts, mildly uncomfortable, but our lady radiographer will be right next to you.
Your report arrives at your doctor’s office as soon as possible, comprising a hardcopy report as well as a CD of your images in softcopy.
We use Full Field Digital Mammography (FFDM), and this means relatively lower doses of radiation and faster processing.
Potentially up to 10% of cancers may not show up, whilst some studies may be positive when there is no cancer. Test limitations exist.