What is the recommended age for annual mammograms?
If you are age 40 or over, you should have an annual mammogram. If you have a family history of breast cancer you and your physician may start an earlier screening plan based on your history.
What can I do to make the experience more comfortable?
If you have breast pain related to your menstrual cycle, you may want to schedule your screening mammogram for the week following your cycle when breast tissue may be less tender. If possible, avoid scheduling your mammogram the week prior to your cycle.
I got a letter saying I have dense breast tissue. What does that mean?
Every woman who receives a mammogram at The Radiology Clinic will receive information about her breast density in her mammogram results letter.
If you do have dense breast tissue, your letter will also explain the risks of breast cancer and what to do. It will explain that:
• Dense breast tissue makes it harder to see small growths, which may be breast cancer and may place you at higher risk for breast cancer.
• You should talk to your doctor about this. Each care plan depends on your particular medical history.
How is it determined?
Breast density is determined by the radiologist who reads your mammogram and classifies the density into one of four categories.
Is it normal?
Yes, having dense breasts is very common and is not abnormal.