If you have never received a mammogram before, then it's only natural for you to feel a little apprehensive or even nervous about the procedure and all that it might entail. One way to calm your nerves and ensure that your mammogram is a simple and worry-free procedure is to speak with your breast care professionals about your upcoming appointment. Secondly, don't forget to read ahead to learn the truth behind some of the most common mammogram myths:
Radiation Exposure Is Not As High As Many Believe
One of the biggest concerns that women have that keep them from undergoing a mammogram is that the procedure heightens their risk of radiation-related problems. In fact, a mammogram exposes you to less radiation than a transatlantic flight or the full body scanners that you must pass through before taking such a flight.
The Discomfort Is Only Brief and Temporary
Contrary to what you may have heard from friends or in online forums, a mammogram is not a painful procedure and only causes a brief period of discomfort. The procedure entails gently compressing the breast temporarily in order to scan it. To lessen the amount of discomfort you may experience, schedule this breast care procedure after your period and discuss your pain sensitivity with the technologist.
Mammograms Are Necessary Despite a Healthy Lifestyle and Good Genes
Finally, don't fall victim to the false rumors that state a mammogram is not necessary if you are in good health and have no history of breast cancer in your family. Unfortunately, breast cancer can strike any female regardless of her family history or lifestyle. It is essential that if you are of a certain age -namely 55 or older- that you have a scan done at least once every two years.
When you begin undergoing mammograms and how often you receive them are two topics that are important for you to discuss with your breast care specialist at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. In addition to breast care, we also offer orthopedic care, spine care, and stroke care at our Sarasota area medical center. Call us at (888) 685-1596 to learn more about our services.