Mammograms FAQs

What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is a method of examining a woman’s breast. A mammogram uses low-dose x-rays to check for breast cancer.

I don’t have any lumps or symptoms, why should I get a mammogram?

Mammograms are a great early detection device to help doctors find breast cancer in women who don’t have signs or symptoms of breast cancer.

How long will a mammogram take?

A typical mammogram takes about 30 minutes.

Will a mammogram hurt?

A mammogram should not be painful. However, you may experience some discomfort during a 3 to 5 second compression period. This compression is necessary to get a clear picture.

When should I start getting mammograms?

The Cleveland Clinic suggests that women start to get annual mammograms starting at the age of 35. Your doctor may suggest you get one earlier if a lump is detected during a breast exam.

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