5 Things You Should Know BEFORE  Your First  Mammogram

It's estimated that up to 40% of women have delayed preventative appointments during this pandemic.  Initially, I was one of them.

But preventative  appointments, such as mammograms, are critical to our health. Here are 5 things I learned during my first mammogram.

#1: While the American Cancer Society recommends mammograms begin as early as 40, your family history or clinical exam could mean you start at an earlier age.

#2: Do not wear deodorant or lotion on the day of your mammogram.

It can show as lesions on our mammogram when nothing is actually there.

#3: Digital technology has made it so that mammograms are not as painful as the used to be.

Mine did not hurt one bit!

#4: It is common to be called back in after your first mammogram to get more or better images. 

This does not necessarily mean that the test detected anything the first time.

#5: 3D mammograms can provide better images and may be covered by your health insurance.

Check in advance of your appointment and confirm the type of mammogram you'll receive when you schedule.

Mammograms can be a source of anxiety, but being prepared will help. I hope knowing these 5 things will help you during your first mammogram.

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