Frequently Asked Questions About Mammograms
At Fairfax Radiology, we understand that getting your first mammogram or returning for regular screenings can be a source of apprehension. To ease your concerns and provide valuable information, we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding mammograms. Our team of sub-specialty trained radiologists and experienced technologists are committed to ensuring your comfort and well-being throughout the process.
- Does it really matter if you get a mammogram, especially if everything seems normal?
Yes, it matters! 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and the best tool we have for that are annual mammograms. Mammograms are essential for early detection of breast cancer, which greatly increases the chances of successful treatment. Even if everything seems normal, regular screenings can detect abnormalities that are not yet noticeable through physical examination.
- Who should be getting mammograms?
Women aged 40 and older should get regular mammograms every year. Those with a family history of breast cancer and/or risk factors may need to start screening before the age of 40. This would be determined by your primary care doctor/gynecologist.
- Do Men get breast cancer?
Yes, men can get breast cancer, although it is less common. Around 1 in 833 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
- Are breast cancer symptoms different for men?
No, in fact, breast cancer symptoms in men are similar to those in women, including lumps, nipple discharge, or changes in breast skin. Men should seek medical attention if they notice any unusual changes.
- Does it matter where you get your mammogram?
Yes, having your mammogram read by a skilled and specialized radiologist can significantly impact the early detection of sudden changes in your breasts. At Fairfax Radiology, our dedicated breast imaging doctors exclusively focus on reading mammograms. They possess expertise in breast imaging and interpret thousands of mammograms annually, providing you with superior care. We see you better!
- How can a woman know if she has dense breast tissue?
Dense breast tissue is quite common. It is estimated that about 40% of women have dense breast tissue. Women may not be aware of their breast density, but your mammogram report will report it.
- What type of mammogram should I get?
3D breast tomosynthesis is an advanced and preferred option for breast cancer screening. With 3D tomosynthesis, radiologists can view breast tissue in layers, making it easier to detect small or subtle abnormalities that might be missed with 2D mammography alone. This can lead to earlier detection of breast cancers.
- Should a woman with implants have a mammogram?
Yes, women with breast implants should have mammograms. It's essential to inform the technologist about the implants as specialized views and techniques are used to ensure a thorough examination. At Fairfax Radiology our mammography technologists are specially trained in performing mammograms on woman with implants.
Regular mammograms are a vital tool in the early detection of breast cancer, and Fairfax Radiology is here to provide you with the highest level of expertise and care. Don't hesitate to reach out to us for any questions or concerns about your mammogram or breast health. Your well-being is our priority. We care for you.