December 5, 2007
Health Tip: Get the Most From Your Mammogram
Take these precautions
(HealthDay News) - A mammogram is an essential tool to protect women from newly diagnosed or recurring breast cancer.
Here are suggested ways to get the most accurate results from a mammogram, courtesy of breastcancer.org:
- Women with dense breasts or who are under age 50 may get better results with a digital mammogram.
- Bring your last mammogram results for the radiologist to compare.
- Have more than one radiologist read your results.
- Use other imaging methods to confirm results, such as an MRI or an ultrasound.
- If your doctor has requested your mammogram for a specific reason -- not just as a precaution because of your age -- be sure the doctor provides the radiologist with specific instructions on what to look for.
- Make sure your doctor knows your family's medical history, especially as it relates to breast cancer.