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How to Prepare for a Mammogram

Regular mammograms play a crucial role in detecting breast cancer early on. Yet, the thought of going to one can be frightening for many patients. Our post will give you some practical tips to make this process go as smoothly as possible.

Practical Tips To Prepare For Your Mammogram 

With some preparation, your mammogram will be a quick, painless, and positive experience. Here are a few tips on what to do before your next session: 

  • Stay Calm: It’s okay to feel nervous, especially if it’s your first mammogram. But remember, most sessions take less than an hour and give you insights into your breast health. Try to stay positive and hope for the best. 


  • Avoid Deodorants and Lotions: On the day of your mammogram, skip deodorants, antiperspirants, or any other substance under your arms or on your breasts. These products can contain metallic particles that may appear as white spots on your X-ray, complicating your results.


  • Ask Questions: If you have concerns about your mammogram process, don’t hesitate to ask your specialist for more information.


  • Schedule Wisely: Try to schedule your mammogram for the week after your period when your breasts are least likely to be tender or swollen. Having your session during this time will reduce discomfort and help specialists get more transparent images. 


American Cancer Association

female patient getting a mammography

The Eileen Fund Is Here To Help

The Eileen Fund is here to offer support if you’re preparing for a mammogram or simply seeking more information. Learn more about our organization or consider joining our cause to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer today.

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