A mammogram is a xray that is performed on the breast. It allows the Doctor to see things that they can not feel in  a practical examination. These examinations can be done by a radiographer in a hospital or in a mobile unit. They are usually performed on women who have noticed changes and/or lumps on their breasts. Women between the ages of 50 and 65 are eligible for routine mammograms.

When you go for your mammogram, you will be asked to undress from the waist down. Each breast is placed between a plastic plate. Pressure is placed on them and it may be unforgettable for a moment or two, but the x ray does not take long, approximately 30 minutes. When it is finished, you can get dressed. Some clinics can provide results the same day, other can take up to 3 weeks.

The main purpose of the mammogram is to detect cancer. However, other things like cysts, calcification and fibroadenoma. Some women are asked to return for further testing. You shouldn’t worry about this, this does not mean you have cancer. This could simply mean the mammogram is unclear or perhaps a certain area needs more investigating.

Women are advised to regularly feel and examine their own breasts and note any changes. It is important that as women turn 50, they arrange a mammogram.