A mammogram can save your life
A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breasts. Breast x-rays can find breast cancer that is too small for you or your provider to feel. When breast cancer is found early, it is easier to treat. Mammograms are safe and only take a few minutes.
When should I get a mammogram?
If you are 50 or over, get a mammogram every year. If you are under 50 years old, you should talk to your provider about when you should have a mammogram.
Where can I get a mammogram?
Women's Clinic & Family Counseling Center offers free (if you qualify) or low cost mammograms at our clinic.
How is a mammogram done?
You will stand in front of a machine. The person who takes the x-rays will gently place your breast between two plastic plates. These plates make your breast flat, this may become uncomfortable for a minute, but it helps to make any breast changes or lumps easier to see.
What if the mammogram finds a lump?
Keep in mind that most breast lumps are NOT cancer. Your provider will help decide if you need more tests. If cancer is found and treated early, most women can be cured. In many cases, only the small lump will need to be taken out, often saving the breast.
You can make a difference when it comes to breast cancer. Every woman needs to do these three things:
- Check your breasts every month. Your provider or nurse practitioner can teach you how to check your breasts for any changes.
- Have your provider or nurse practitioner check your breasts once a year. The provider or nurse practitioner will look and feel for breast changes or lumps.
- Talk with your provider or our clinic about when you should get a mammogram.
To schedule an appointment to meet with a provider about when you should have a mammogram or to schedule your mammogram, please contact the Women's Clinic and Family Counseling center at (310) 203-8899