A breast X-ray (mammogram) and an examination by your doctor can help find breast cancer early. Cancer is easier to treat when it's found early. If you are age 40 or older, ask your doctor when to start and how often to have a mammogram. The X-ray can spot tumours that are too small to be felt by hand. (It also can show harmless lumps, such as fluid-filled cysts).
During a breast examination, your doctor will feel your breasts for lumps or any other possible signs of cancer. During a mammogram, a machine squeezes your breasts to make them flatter and easier to X-ray. Your breasts may feel a bit sore as the machine squeezes. After the test, a doctor will study your mammogram. Your doctor will tell you the results. You will also be told if you need any follow-up tests.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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