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Breast Screening and Mammogram Therapy: The Pre and Post Process 

Mammogram screenings are important for the early detection of breast cancer, but the process can be confusing and even a little bit scary. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at what you can expect before and after your mammogram in Singapore appointment. With a little bit of knowledge, you can go into your screening feeling prepared and confident. 

Pre-Screening Process 

There are a few things you should do in the days leading up to your mammogram appointment.

  • First, if you have questions or concerns, be sure to bring them up with your doctor. They will be able to set your mind at ease and answer any questions you may have. 
  • It’s also important to avoid using any lotions, oils, or powders on your breasts or underarms on the day of your exam. These products can interfere with mammogram images. If you must use them, be sure to wipe them off completely before your appointment. 

The Day Of The Process

  • When you arrive for your mammogram, you’ll check in with the receptionist and then have a seat in the waiting area.
  • You may be called back for your exam fairly quickly, or you may have to wait a bit. Either way, try to relax and take deep breaths. The whole process takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. 
  • First, you’ll be asked to remove any clothing or jewelry that might get in the way of the exam. You’ll also be given a gown to change into.
  • Once you’ve changed, you’ll head over to the mammography machine. 
  • One at a time, each breast will be placed on a clear plate and compressed between two other plates. The compression helps ensure that clear images are produced. The x-ray images will be taken from several different angles and then transmitted to a computer for review by the radiologist. 

Post Screening Process 

  • After your mammogram is complete, you’ll get dressed and head home.
  • In most cases, results from the exam are available within 1-2 weeks.
  • Your doctor will go over the results with you and let you know if there are any next steps that need to be taken. 
  • Most women who have annual mammograms will never experience any problems.

However, it’s important to remember that mammograms are not perfect.

Endnote:

About 10% of women who have an annual screening will be called back for more testing because an abnormality was found during their exam. The vast majority of these abnormalities turn out to be benign (non-cancerous), but it’s important to follow up so that doctors can rule out anything serious. 

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