Getting a mammogram is an essential part of maintaining your breast and overall health. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. However, mammogram screenings help with early detection and can significantly boost your odds of beating it. 

 

So when should you start regular mammograms? Does personal and family medical history matter? What should you do to prepare for a mammogram? What can you expect once you’re in the gynecology office?

 

Here’s everything you need to know to prepare for your mammogram in Logan, Utah

 

What is a Mammogram?

 

A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray that allows medical professionals to identify and assess abnormal changes in breast tissue. Make sure you get a mammogram at a center that specializes in breast imaging and has an FDA certificate posted at their facility.

 

Medicare and most private insurance covers an annual mammogram with no co-pay or other out of pocket costs. 

 

 

When Should You Get a Mammogram? 

 

Start by consulting with your doctor. The National Cancer Institute also has a breast cancer risk assessment tool. This can help determine if you’re considered at average or high risk for breast cancer.

 

If you have an average risk for breast cancer, starting at age 40, talk to your doctor about whether they recommend you start mammogram screening. Most women start with annual mammograms once they turn 45. If results are normal, it could switch to every other year starting at age 55.

 

If you fall into the high risk category, get a mammogram every year once you’re 40. You might start even earlier depending on your personal and family history, breast abnormalities, or other risk factors. If a close relative has had breast cancer, it might be recommend to start annual mammograms once you’re 30. It is very unlikely to start younger than that.

 

Be sure to tell your doctor if you notice any changes to your breasts. no matter your age. 

 

How To Prepare For a Mammogram

 

To avoid discomfort from tender or swollen breasts, try to schedule your mammogram to be about a week after your menstrual period. Wear an outfit that makes it easy to remove your top and your bra. Also, avoid wearing deodorant, potion, or powders on your chest on the day of your mammogram. 

 

If you’ve had a biopsy, mammogram, or other breast treatments at other facilities in the past, bring a list of that medical history to your gynecology office. Also, be prepared to describe any changes you may have noticed and tell your doctor if you’re breastfeeding or pregnant. 

 

What To Expect During and After Your Mammogram Screening

 

The procedure should only take about 20 minutes. Your breasts will be compressed and repositioned as x-ray pictures are taken. You may experience some discomfort as the breast is flattened, but don’t be alarmed. This technique helps get a clearer view of the breast and makes it possible for less radiation to be used during the x-ray.

 

It typically takes up to 30 days to get the results back from your mammogram screening. If something abnormal is found, you’ll likely hear back within a week or so to schedule follow-up testing. 

 

Something abnormal or suspicious in your mammogram results doesn’t always indicate breast cancer. It’s important to keep that in mind if you are asked to come in for additional testing. It’s possible that your doctor wasn’t able to get a clear image and needs you to come in for another screening, you have dense breast tissue, or a cyst was found.

 

Mammogram in Logan, Utah

 

Cache Valley Women’s Center at the Lodge provides mammograms and a full range of gynecology treatment for women throughout Logan, Utah. Your health and happiness is our highest priority. 

 

We look forward to providing you with mammogram screenings for breast health and any other women’s healthcare need in our Logan, Utah office. 

 

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Noorda, Dr. Kirkman, or any of our medical staff.

 

FOR OUR PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIESInformation Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The Cache Valley Women’s Center remains committed to providing high-quality and compassionate care while ensuring the safety and well-being of our patients and staff. As our knowledge of COVID-19 grows, we look at everything we can do to keep our communities healthy. This requires frequent updating and revising of our policies.

Patients are allowed to bring ONE person to ALL visits.

AS A REMINDER:

  • This person needs to be over the age of 18 or a newborn baby in a carrier.
  • Please make arrangements before your appointment (this includes walk in visits for any blood work being done) for your children who are under 18.

Although masks are no longer required, they are still encouraged during your visit—especially for those who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine.

For the safety of our patients and staff, we ask that anyone experiencing flu like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, loss of sense of taste or smell, or muscle aches and pains to please call and reschedule your appointment. For those who have tested positive for Covid-19, please reschedule your appointment 14 days out from your first day of symptoms. If you still have symptoms at that time, you will be asked to wear a mask to your appointment, regardless of vaccination status.

We are continuing to follow social distancing guidelines. If our waiting room exceeds the amount we feel comfortable with at any time, you may be asked to wait in your car and we will text or call you when we have a room ready for you. Thank you for being so patient and understanding with our many changes in policies. Our main concern is always the safety of our patients and staff and we will do our best to keep everyone healthy, happy, and comfortable while in our office.

We will continue to exercise caution and encourage best practices for the safety of our patients and staff. There will be hand sanitizer readily available in all areas and frequent and proper hand washing. We will also continue to clean and sanitize our waiting room, exam rooms, checkout area, and other patient care areas. Essential PPE and masks will still be available for our patients upon request.

Please do not hesitate to call our office at (435) 753-9999 with any additional questions or concerns. We truly appreciate you and your patience with us during this time.

Sincerely,

The providers and staff at Cache Valley Women’s Center at the Lodge

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