The six steps
- Book an appointment
A list of healthcare providers and contact numbers are provided under list of Provider.
To book an appointment for mammogram click here.
- Choose the right time
A mammogram may be uncomfortable if you have sensitive breasts. If you are still menstruating, plan to have your mammogram the week after your period, between day 6th and 10th day of your menstrual cycle, when your breasts are least tender. If you are not menstruating you can have mammogram anytime.
Gather your information.
When you make your appointment, you will be asked about:
- A personal history of breast cancer
- Family history of breast cancer
- Current breast problems
- Past breast surgery
- The date(s) of your past mammogram(s)
- The name and address of your doctor and any facility where you’ve had a mammogram before
- Be prepared
In the morning of the exam, make sure to take along to your mammogram appointment your Thiqa card and the clinic / hospital card ( if avaliable ). It is advisable to take a bath. Wear a shirt that you can take off easily. Don’t use deodorant, talcum powder or lotion on your underarms or breasts as these may affect the image quality. If you have had a mammogram before at a different facility, obtain and bring your past X-rays with you.
- Know what to expect
You will be called by a female radiographer. She will ask you to undress to the waist and show you how to stand close to the machine. In order to visualize the breast tissue and obtain high quality images, your breast will be held between special plates for a few seconds. This will not harm your breast tissue. Some women experience slight discomfort but it should not hurt. Be sure to tell the radiographer if the pressure becomes painful.
- Get your results
A radiologist will look at the X-ray picture for signs of breast cancer or other breast changes. Bringing your previous mammograms makes it easy for the radiologist to compare X-rays from year to year to see if there have been any changes. In the vast majority of women, the mammogram will be normal and you can get the results within 2 weeks. Potential abnormalities are found in small percentage of women who have screening mammograms. This small group of women will need further evaluation including clinical breast exam, further X-ray views, and breast ultrasound or needle biopsy. After the additional evaluation is complete, most of these women will also be found to have nothing wrong.
For an appointment for you or a family member/ friend,
If you are under 40 years or you have a breast problem, get checked now. Click here for clinics providing Clinical breast exam.
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