5+ Things To Know Before Getting a Mammogram

Ahhh being a woman. It comes with many joys and unique talents. It also comes with extra bodily issues that men rarely have to deal with. Like a monthly cycle. Or child birth. Or the fear of losing our breasts to cancer.

Some facts from the National Breast Cancer Foundation:

–One in eight women will bediagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
–Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of women each year and affecting countries at all levels of modernization.

Naturally many of us are worried that WE are the one in eight. That’s why there have been massive public information campaigns pushing early detection and treatment. Since our teens, most of us have known that turning 40 means the start of regular mammograms. We’ve also known that there’s nothing pleasant about getting one of these tests: would you offer up one of your breasts to get smashed and x-rayed for anything else? Hell no. But to prevent or detect cancer, yes. And so for years, women did.

Now new research shows that all that discomfort and radiation exposure might not be worth it. A pair of studies, one out of Harvard and one out of Canada, have found thatthe benefits of mammography, though real, have been oversold, while the harms have been minimized. Meanwhile, the high price tag of mammograms puts a nice chunk of change in the pockets of the insurance and medical industries.

Whether or not you choose to get a mammogram, you can (safely) help detect cancer through regular self check-ups. Read the bottom of the infographic for tips to properly self-exam.

Explore the pros versus cons for yourself in the infographic below. Then tell us: do you get regular mammograms? If you’re not yet in the target age range, do you plan to start once you reach it?

Mammograms
Infographic Source: BestMedicalDegrees.com

Related:
I’m a Breast Cancer Survivor Who Found My Own Lump
5 Things About Breast Cancer You Should Take to Heart

Image via Thinkstock

Love This? Never Miss Another Story.

62 comments

Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson1 years ago

Thermography is safer and less invasive. Plus it doesn't hut as bad either. If it is offered in your area, request it.

After being left standing half-naked for over 20 minutes while the technician took a break, and being squashed at the same time, a person doesn't recover from that. I was ready to cut the breast off myself. Had I been able to reach a knife, I think I would have.

june t.
june t.1 years ago

thanks

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen1 years ago

Thank you :)

Uddhab Khadka
Uddhab Khadka1 years ago

Thank you.

Teresa Garcia
Teresa García1 years ago

Well, is good to know this info; and i will go with the doppler ecosonogram, is less traumatizing...

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla1 years ago

This is so frustrating!

Roxana Saez
Roxana Saez1 years ago

TYFS

Kamia T.
Kamia T.1 years ago

I have refused mammograms simply because I've had too many friends get a false positive, go crazy with worry, only to be told it was "nothing" later. That's a test that simply doesn't work. I do firmly believe in self exams, as well as mindful monitoring of your overall health, but this particular test is something that provides profit to the screener, with little to no benefit (IMHO) to the patient.

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa1 years ago

Thank you

N B.
N B.1 years ago

thanks