Why is the report sent to me?
Federal regulations now require that written mammography reports must be sent to the patient by the interpreting doctor within 30 days of the mammogram. A detailed report of your mammogram will also be sent to your doctor.
What will the report tell me?
Most women will receive a report telling them that their mammogram was normal. If any irregularities are detected in your mammogram, your report will tell you what your next step should be. Don't panic! Most irregularities turn out to be nothing to be concerned about.
If my mammogram was normal, do I need a mammogram in the future?
In a word, YES!
It is wonderful news that your mammogram is normal, but please remember that in order to maintain good breast health, it is essential to continue having routine mammograms, at least once each year.
What if my mammogram was NOT normal?
Don't panic! Your report may say that your mammogram showed an area that is believed to be benign (not cancerous); but that a six month follow-up mammogram should be done to confirm that there is no change.
Do I need other types of testing after my mammogram?
A small percentage of women will receive a report saying that the mammogram showed an abnormality and that additional testing is needed to clarify the findings. The additional tests may be a more detailed (diagnostic) mammogram, an ultrasound of the breast, or both. In most cases, follow-up testing proves there is nothing to be concerned about. However, if follow-up testing is recommended, it is important to contact your doctor immediately to set up your additional tests.
The 5 commandments of good breast health
- Perform a breast self-exam every month.
- Have a clinical breast exam conducted by a healthcare professional every year.
- If warning signs appear such as pain, a lump you can feel or nipple discharge, see your doctor immediately.
- Talk with your doctors about ways to reduce your risk.
- Set a schedule of regular, annual mammograms.
While mammography is the most accurate method for early detection, not all cancers are found through mammography. For that reason, it is of the utmost importance to remember the five commandments of good breast health.
Be a partner in your health decisions
Women must be their own best advocates and take responsibility for their health. A good way to do that is by committing to routine screening exams, such as Pap smears and mammograms, as recommended by your doctor.
If you have questions, concerns, (or compliments!) about our mammography service, please call us. We look forward to seeing you again.
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