Uninsured and underinsured people in our region are able to get mammograms at low or no cost through our partnerships with regional hospitals. We are constantly expanding our outreach and screening efforts. Please call today and see if you are eligible for this very important service.
To schedule your mammogram call: (706) 542-6449
Common Questions about Mammograms
1 What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast.
A mammogram is used to check for breast cancer in women. They may not have any signs or symptoms of the disease. This type is called a screening mammogram. The x-ray images make it possible to detect tumors that cannot be felt.
This type is used to check for breast cancer after a lump or other symptoms of the disease have been found. Besides a lump, other symptoms include: breast pain, nipple discharge or change in breast size or shape.
2 What should I wear the day of the exam?
It is not a good idea to wear deodorant, perfume, or lotion the day of the mammogram. These products can distort the mammogram. Also, you will be asked to undress from the waist up, so wear a skirt or pants.
3 How is a mammogram done?
The patient stands in front of a special x-ray machine. A radiologic technician takes the x- rays one breast at a time. The breast is compressed between a plate and an x-ray plate. It may cause some discomfort, but it only lasts for a few seconds. The x-rays are then read by a radiologist, who will decide if there is a need for a diagnostic mammogram.
4 What are the benefits of screening mammograms?
Early detection of breast cancer can help reduce the number of deaths in women ages 40 – 74, especially for those over age 50.
5 What if my screening mammogram shows a problem?
If you have a screening test that suggests cancer, you will be scheduled for a diagnostic mammogram, to focus on a specific area of the breast.
An ultrasound, an imaging test that uses sound waves to create a picture of your breast, may be used along with a mammogram.
Also, you might be scheduled for a biopsy, a test in which fluid or tissue is removed from your breast to help find out if there is cancer.
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