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Easy Mammogram Scheduling
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and all of your friends at Care Begins With Me encourage you to be proactive about your breast health!For women over the age of 40 – or those at high risk for breast cancer – it is a right of passage... the yearly mammogram. While many women dread it, the procedure itself is not painful and is usually more of a hassle than anything else. But now local women can make this annual "to–do" item a little more convenient! Who Needs a Mammogram
The American Cancer Society recommends that a woman have a mammogram every year after the age of 40. If you have a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors, your physician may recommend a mammogram earlier.The American Cancer Society estimates that one in nine women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. While the exact cause of breast cancer has not been found, we do know that it is treatable and can often be cured when detected early. The best tools for early detection? Breast self-exams, physician exams and mammograms!
So what exactly is a mammogram? A mammogram is an X-ray examination which uses extremely low doses of radiation to get accurate images of the breasts. Mammography is the best way to detect small cancers even before they can be felt. During the exam, a female mammogram technician will help to position your breasts in a way that maximizes the images created while minimizing discomfort. Each breast will be compressed for a few seconds while the X-rays are taken.
If you tend to experience sensitive breasts around menstruation, you may want to schedule your mammogram appointment mid-cycle to reduce any discomfort. While you may feel some pressure and squeezing during the mammogram, it is not typically painful.On the day of your mammogram, make sure your breasts and underarms are clean and free of any deodorant or talcum powder which can interfere with the imaging. You will need to undress from the waist up for the exam, so dress accordingly. Be sure to alert your physician or the technician if there is any possibility you are pregnant.
New Convenient Mammogram Scheduling
Getting a mammogram is now easier and more convenient than ever before, thanks to Mercy Imaging, Women can now schedule their mammogram online ? choosing a day, time and location that is convenient to them. Here's how it works:
- Simply visit the online scheduling website here
- Choose a date and time that works for you. To schedule next week or next month, click the "view full schedule" button.
- Next you will be asked to fill out a short form
- Diarrhea or constipation (some people experience one while others experience the other - or many experience both symptoms at different times)
Online mammogram scheduling can be done for several Mercy Imaging sites, including Sacramento, Elk Grove, Roseville and Folsom.